You’re Invited! – A Reception for Indian Officials

20 05 2010

Joint Council is pleased to announce a unique opportunity for families who have adopted or are in the process of adopting from India.   Parents, families and children are invited to join us on Friday, May 28th, when the Barker Foundation will host an informal reception for Mr. D. K. Sikri, Secretary of India’s  Ministry of Women and Child Development and Ms. Anu Singh, Secretary of India’s Central Adoption Authority.  The reception will begin promptly at 6:00 pm and last until 8:00 pm.

Both Secretary Sikri and Secretary Singh have expressed their enthusiasm for meeting prospective parent, adoptive parents and of course, the children!   And they want to hear directly from families about their triumphs, joys, challenges and frustrations.  Improvements to the adoption system are being considered by the Indian government.  The 2-hour reception is a unique opportunity for adoptive families to participate, help officials see the outcome of intercountry adoptions and provide family-friendly feedback that can help shape policy and practice.

As space is limited, families are requested to RSVP to Carolina Kenrick at


Joint Council invites adoptive families and children to share their adoption journey with Mr. D.K.Sikri, Secretary of India’s Ministry of Women and Child and Ms. Anu Singh, Secretary of India’s Central Adoption Authority for the Government of India during a program on the evening of May 28th.  This is a unique and wonderful opportunity to meet India’s most important authorities on the care of children and to demonstrate the benefits that intercountry adoption has for the children of India as well as the challenges .  We hope that you will join us on the 28th and lend your support to finding families for all Indian children.

Host:                Joint Council on International Children’s Services

Co-Host:          The Barker Foundation

Date:                Friday, May 28, 2010

Time:                6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

Location:        The Barker Foundation
7979 Old Georgetown Road
First Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814

Directions:    Google Maps to the Barker Foundation

RSVP:              Due to space limitations, attendance is limited. Please RSVP early to ensure your participation.

RSVP By:         5:00 pm, Wednesday, May 26

RSVP To:         Carolina Kenrick at 301-664-9664 or




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