Connie's Home - A Group Foster Home for Children

by Family Connection Foundation
Connie's Home - A Group Foster Home for Children
Connie's Home - A Group Foster Home for Children
Connie's Home - A Group Foster Home for Children
Connie's Home - A Group Foster Home for Children
Connie's Home - A Group Foster Home for Children
Connie's Home - A Group Foster Home for Children
Connie's Home - A Group Foster Home for Children
Connie's Home - A Group Foster Home for Children
Connie's Home - A Group Foster Home for Children
Connie's Home - A Group Foster Home for Children
Connie's Home - A Group Foster Home for Children
Connie's Home - A Group Foster Home for Children
Connie's Home - A Group Foster Home for Children
Connie's Home - A Group Foster Home for Children
Adoptees meet in their new home country
Adoptees meet in their new home country

Thailand is open and adoptions are proceeding at record pace for Connie’s Home. We recently had 5 adoptions in 4 weeks with 3 children going to Europe and 2 to North America. A typical year would see 2-3 children leaving our home so it was an emotional month, especially since some of the schedules were made under COVID restrictions and gave us limited time with the new adoptive parents. Connecting children with their new forever families is, of course, are primary reason for doing what we do but that doesn’t make it any easier.

One of the rewards of fostering is the connection with adoptive families. Some are able to maintain relationships such as at the foster 2 children who met up in their new home country after having been adopted out within a few months of each other.

Sometimes the AuPairs who trained at Connie’s Home connect in the US with friends they made while serving at our home. Sometimes they even meet friends of Connie’s Home in the places they are assigned to work, reminding us that it’s a small world after all. (Hope the song is stuck in your head for hours!)

Tourism is coming back to our area and lots of shops are reopened, giving us opportunities for more variety on our Friday outings. We recently visited an indoor play area that we had not been to for many months. We also did some ‘window-shopping’ at an outdoor shopping mall.

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Thanks for helping to make these experiences possible through your GlobalGiving contributions.

AuPair meet-up with Connie's Home volunteer
AuPair meet-up with Connie's Home volunteer
First visit to indoor play area for newer children
First visit to indoor play area for newer children
Wishful window shopping at outdoor shopping mall
Wishful window shopping at outdoor shopping mall
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Motorcycle club pulling into Connie's Home
Motorcycle club pulling into Connie's Home

Our last report was titled "Final COVID-era report?" with a question mark. I guess the answer was "not quite" final. But, Thailand is further relaxing travel restrictions, increasing the likelihood that more adoptions will be completed this year. That is our hope anyway. We have confirmed travel dates for 2 families with a chance that at least 1 more family may add a child to their household this year. One boy will have a new brother and 2 sisters. The other boy will have a brother. We don't know about siblings for the 3rd hopeful adoption yet.

While we're still cautious about our weekly outings, avoiding crowded places and preferring outdoors, we had some excitement that came to Connie's Home. A motorcycle club from Pattaya, Thailand tours the country every year and chooses a project to make donations to. We were the fortunate recipients this year, with gifts of toys, wall fans and several large boxes of diapers. Many thanks to the Black Sheep Motorcycle Club of Pattaya, Thailand.

Our first AuPair trainee from 2004 raised funds for us through GlobalGiving by running 21 miles to recognize the work of Connie's Home which started 21 years ago and also by running throughout December. Thanks Rung for your love and support! Keep on running!

If you are not already following us on Facebook and would like to see occasional updates from Connie's Home please click on the link provided or copy this link and paste into your browser and ask to join the private group.

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Thanks again to you all for supporting the ongoing work of Connie's Home, bringing joy to families around the world through international adoption.

Gifts from the Motorcycle Club
Gifts from the Motorcycle Club
Rung and daughter who joined the run in a stroller
Rung and daughter who joined the run in a stroller

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Social worker taking adoptee on a long road trip
Social worker taking adoptee on a long road trip

Thailand has reopened their airports to vaccinated tourists from many countries. We hope that means adoptions will resume on a more regular basis.

We’ve had one more adoption since our last report. It was not a typical transition where we would spend 2-3 days and share a couple of meals and visitation times with the adoptive family. In this case, at around 4 a.m., we met a social worker (see photo) from the government orphanage who took the little boy on a 10-hour road trip to meet his new family in Bangkok. We were thrilled to hear from the new parents that the adjustment is going well.

Due to recent outbreaks of COVID, we have not been taking the children out to many public places. Connie is very good at keeping the children entertained (and educated) at home as you can see in the photo where they are learning the letter ‘G’ while wearing sun ‘G’lasses.

We have found a few opportunities to go out safely and see the world outside the children’s home. We visited a factory outlet mall that has walls decorated with superheroes. We were invited to visit a friend’s apartment swimming pool for a refreshing time in the sun. And, finally, we walked around the outside of the Chiang Mai Night Safari to see some of the animals, including the birds shown here.

Thanks for helping to make these experiences possible through your GlobalGiving contributions.

Glasses begins with 'G'
Glasses begins with 'G'
Super Kids and Super Heroes
Super Kids and Super Heroes
Fun at the swimming pool
Fun at the swimming pool
Bird watching
Bird watching
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Cleaning Mulberries
Cleaning Mulberries

As we entered year 2 of the COVID-19 era, we were thankful for a return to some normal activities in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Fortunately, life at Connie's Home was not drastically altered by the virus. We grow many fruits on our property and we've 'harvested' a lot of mulberries since our last update. See photo of the children helping to prepare for various desserts and drinks made from mulberries.

Thanks to generous, ongoing support by folks like you, we are able to provide the necessary medical care through private hospitals when the government funded services are inconvenient due to travel time and long waiting lines.

We had a house full of chicken pox (see photo). As that affliction worked its way through the household and everyone recovered, we had to be tested for Covid-19 (see photo). One of our staff tested positive after exposure in one of her groups. All tests were negative but we had to quarantine at home for 14 days. We were visited by the deputy Governor, head of our village and a nurse from the nearby hospital to bring us more masks and hand gels.

We want to thank you for helping us to serve the Thai children who are waiting for their forever families, especially during this patience-trying time of COVID restrictions - relaxations - and more restrictions.

Chicken Pox
Chicken Pox
COVID testing
COVID testing
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Young kids eating cookies
Young kids eating cookies

Here's an update of some things that have happened at Connie's Home since our first project listing on GlobalGiving back in November. See the photo of the younger children eating Christmas cookies. The cookies were brought by one of our former staff members. She was arrested as a teenager for carrying drugs, came to work with us from the Juvenile Detention Center while finishing her sentence, and completed university while working night shift at Connie's Home. She is now a translator for a small business that has a lot of English-speaking customers.

The older children are pictured admiring the huge Christmas tree at a nearby shopping mall. In another photo you can see they decorated their own Valentine's Day cookies.

These special activities are possible because of your generous support. The most special activity we are involved in is seeing children placed with their forever families. We just had our first adoption since the COVID-19 virus shut down adoptions in Thailand. It's always a bitter-sweet experience when we say goodbye to one the kids (see photo) but we know that the joy of the new family exceeds the sorrow that we experience.

Thanks for helping the children thrive while waiting for their new parents.

Big Christmas tree
Big Christmas tree
Valentine's Day cookies
Valentine's Day cookies
Going to meet new mommy and daddy
Going to meet new mommy and daddy

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Location: Muang, Chiang Mai - Thailand
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