Vote for Tatyana for an ESPY!

8 07 2011

Adoptee Tatyana McFadden has been nominated for an ESPY Award (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) as Best Female Athlete with a Disability, and needs your vote to win!

Tatyana, adopted from Russia at the age of 6, was born with spina bifida, and is now an eight-time World Champion, recorder holder in the World and USA in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m track events and has won the Chicago and New York marathons. She has also been the impetus behind the first law of equal access in high school sports (which is now in 11 other states). She recently was 5 for 5 medals (4 gold, 1 bronze) at the World Championship. You can read more about her story here.

ESPY Award winners are nominated by sports writers, broadcasters, sports executives, sportspersons, and ESPN personalities. After the nominations have been announced, the award winners are determined exclusively through online fan balloting. This is like the Oscars of sports, and we need your help for her to win!

Please visit http://espn.go.com/espys/#!/voting/ and vote for Tatyana McFadden for Best Female Athelete with a Disability!

The deadline is July 9 at midnight!

After a walk down the red carpet to the 19th annual ESPY Awards ceremony, airing on ESPN live from Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 9PM ET, the nominees will learn who the winners are when Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” anchor Seth Meyers makes the announcements during the ceremony.

Good luck Tatyana!





Russia: Making Progress, Thanks to You

12 12 2011

In 2010, you sprang into action when Joint Council asked you to show your support of Russian adoptions through our We Are The Truth campaign. Thank you for your support!

What a difference a year makes. This past July, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov signed a bilateral adoptions agreement that will strengthen procedural safeguards in adoptions between our countries.

Can we say that your participation, your calls for change and your support of our efforts on behalf of Russian children in need of a family made that agreement happen? Maybe not directly, or individually, but together we made a BIG difference. Your voice gave strength to our work and thanks to people like you, Russian adoptions are back on track.

This year also brought a celebration of the achievements of one very talented Russian adoptee, Tatyana McFadden. Tatyana, who faced multiple health challenges as a child and is a wheelchair user as a result of late-diagnosed spina bifida, was nominated for an ESPY Award this spring! We are all so proud of Tatyana. She truly represents the resiliancey and strength of the human spirit, even when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds.

And that’s what it’s all about for these orphaned children — beating the odds.

You’ve helped us before and now we need your help again. Please make a tax-deductible donation to Joint Council today. Your donation will allow us to continue working with the Russian Federation, the United States government, and adoption advocates everywhere, to ensure that Russian – U.S. adoptions continue well into the future.








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