We are happy to announce that two of our Ukraine families will be traveling within the next month! After painstaking efforts to do and re-do dossier documents, we congratulate these families that their hard work is paying off!
Tip for Families Traveling
In determining what type of clothing to pack, make sure to look nice at all times, including visiting the orphanage and at meetings. See the entire process like a job interview. Although comfy and casual is accepted pretty much everywhere in the U.S., most European cultures have a higher standard of dress and appearance. Our Representative writes, “There were several comments made to me by orphanage staff recently about families who looked sloppy, wore dirty clothing, forgot to brush their hair, etc. The kids in the orphanage told the child who was being adopted by these parents, ‘Look- these people look like they are homeless themselves- where are they taking you?’” For SDA, CPS, court and first orphanage meetings you should dress up even more and look professional. If you have any questions feel free to contact your Referral Counselor!Read More
CAN’s Poland representative has recently presented us with several new files of Waiting Children. These are up on our Waiting Child website. I encourage everyone to view these sweet children’s profiles and advocate for them to your family and friends!
Typical Polish Food
As you prepare for your Poland adoption, familiarize yourself with foods that are part of the life-blood of the Polish people. Your adopted child will appreciate some common comfort foods that are typically eaten in Poland when he or she is in a new place. The following dishes are taken from the website below, which has other recommendations and information on customs, holidays, and gifts!
Bigos is a traditional stew (Hunter’s Stew) and is considered to be the national dish of Poland. There are many different recipes and they may vary from region to region. Typically, Bigos includes sauerkraut, various meats and sausages, tomatoes, honey and mushrooms. For meats, you can have bacon, beef, pork, ham or veal. Bigos is considered a “perpetual stew” which means it can be kept in a pot for a week or more. The taste of this stew actually intesifies each time it is reheated.
Pierogi are boiled dumplings stuffed with varying ingredients. After they are boiled, they are fried with butter and finely chopped onions. They can be filled with potato and cheese, mushrooms, and even fruit.
Wild Mushroom Soup
A hearty soup made with mushrooms.
Cabbage rolls wrapped around minded pork or beef meat, chopped onions and rice. They are usually baked with a spicey tomato sauce.