Belonging & Birth Country Travel

Belonging. It’s a basic human need. We all crave it, and many kids find it among their peers as they visit their birth country. Remember Maslow’s famous hierarchy of needs theory? If you’re a little rusty on that, here are the Cliff Notes. Maslow held that people must have basic needs like food, water, safety, BELONGING and self esteem met … Read More

What’s Your Story: Writing Contest Sneak Peak

What's Your Story Writing Contest

What’s Your Story? WRITING CONTEST (sneak peak!) For more than 20 years, adoptive families and Ties staff have traveled the world with The Ties Program. We have had amazing experiences. We all have stories to tell. Some are touching. Some are funny. Some are sad, or one of a million other adjectives. This writing contest will focus on: Heritage Travel … Read More

GUATEMALAN TIES UPDATE

Families from all over the United States and Canada have traveled with Guatemalan Ties since 2001. We were also delighted to have a family from Belgium join a group a few years ago, and may see more international travelers in the future. During that time “kids” as young as 4 and as old as 26 have traveled with their families. … Read More

Birth Country Travel: Language & Identity

Birth Country Travel: Language & Identity This is part 3 in a series on international adoption and identity. For most kids on a homeland journey, language and the ability to communicate is an immediate piece of how they see themselves. Very few are able to speak in their birth language. As a result, their first interaction with people in their … Read More