Join us for our annual potluck family picnic, Sunday June 9th from 12:30-3:00pm at the Beaver Brook Reservation in Waltham, MA.

Bring a picnic lunch/dish and games to share!  Dress to get wet in the brook or at the spray park!

Can’t wait to see you!

Location: Beaver Brook is located at the corner of Trapelo Rd and Waverley Oaks Rd (Route 60) on the Belmont/Waltham Line. The parking lot is on Waverly Oaks Rd about 100 feet south of Trapelo Rd. To get an online map use the address: 524 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham Ma 02452 Note that Beaverbrook Reservation is on both sides of Trapelo Rd and that the picnic field is on the south side of Trapelo.


Join us for this important documentary premiere of STUCK on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00pm at the AMC Boston Commons 19 theater.  Panel discussion to follow.  Tickets are available at

A local waiting parent wrote to us “The group ‘Both Ends Burning’ is bringing its documentary, STUCK, to Boston next week. The award-winning film reveals the challenges faced by birth parents, orphans, and prospective adoptive parents mired in the international adoption system – a journey my family knows all too well. STUCK follows four children on their individual journeys from orphanages in their native countries to their homes with families in the U.S.  It’s both heart-wrenching and heartwarming.   “…My son’s orphanage in Guatemala is spotlighted in the film; perhaps members would recognize their former orphanages as well.” 

STUCK – A new film
(press release for the screening:)

 A powerful, new award-winning film revealing the real-life stories of children and parents navigating a roller-coaster of bureaucracy and politics on their journeys through international adoption, premieres in Boston on May 7 at 7 p.m. at Loew’s AMC Boston Commons 19 Cinema (175 Tremont Street).  

STUCK is on a nationwide barnstorming tour of 60 U.S. cities in 78 days.  The new film, produced by Both Ends Burning and directed by Thaddaeus Scheel, follows four orphans from different parts of the world on their voyages from orphanages to their families in the United States. Through the lens of these personal stories, the film asks how the global community can safeguard these children while answering their need to move from institutions into loving homes and a normal life.

More than 10 million children live behind locked gates in orphanages around the world. Over the past few years, international adoption has declined by 60 percent and the process takes an average of more than
3 – 5 years to complete, leaving many children to languish in institutions for life.  

Elizabeth Bartholet, Faculty Director of Harvard Law School’s Child Advocacy Program calls these declining numbers “a devastating human rights tragedy.” “And it’s a tragedy that is the product of deliberate policy-making. There are huge numbers of prospective parents eager to provide these children with families. Policy-makers, including UNICEF,  are deliberately shutting down international adoption. We need to call on policy-makers, including the U.S. government, to turn this around, and to affirmatively embrace international adoption as an option for
orphaned children.”

A panel discussion will follow the Boston premiere, featuring Craig Juntunan, executive film Producer, together with renowned adoption and medical experts including Dr. Charles Nelson, Director of Developmental Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  

Save the Date!

Annual Family Picnic at Beaver Brook Reservation

SUNDAY, JUNE 9th, 12:30-3:30 PM


2013 Updates

We are struggling to find funding to host this year’s Carnival.  If you know anyone who might be willing to help sponsor this year’s event, please contact us!

Otherwise, see you in June for the picnic!

Pictures – Maya Murals Found in Family Kitchen Guatemala.

This is an amazing story with great photos of a rural Guatemalan home!

**More than 50 people attended – games, good food, great weather – Thanks for coming!! **

Annual potluck family picnic, Sunday June 10th from 12:30-3 at Beaver Brook Reservation (Trapelo Road and Waverley Oaks Road intersection on the Belmont-Waltham line). Enjoy an afternoon outdoors! Meet at the picnic site near the brook (lower field) behind playground. Kids may play in the brook or spray park so bring bathing suits, water shoes and towels. Bring lunch or snack and something to share. (Everyone is expected to help clean-up what you bring – – thank you!). Hope to see you there!

Enjoy a weeklong family adventure in Spanish!

Family Spanish Camp August 12-18th in Bradford, NH

Register by visiting their website

or contact Kathy at for more information!

A wonderful time was had by all at the March 25th kids carnevale!  Thank you to all the volunteers and to La Piñata!

Also, look for links to Mayan Hands, Barefoot Books, and the Ties Program (Adoption Travel) on this website!

Hope to see you in June at our annual picnic!

Join us for our annual Kids Carnaval on Sunday, March 25th from 1-4pm, at Gibbs Gym, 41 Foster St., Arlington, MA.

  • Crafts (cascarones, paper flowers, worry dolls, coloring, and more!)
  • Music and dance by La Piñata!
  • Adoption Travel information table hosted by The Ties Program.  Please stop by and ask questions!
  • Barefoot Books table (browse and buy world culture and Spanish language books!)
  • Mayan Hands artisan/crafts table
  • Refreshments

Donation requested at door

Volunteer opportunities:  Host a craft table, monitor games/activities, Mercado (sell Guatemalan crafts or items, other ideas).  Contact us.

We can’t wait to see you at Shelburne Farms in Stow, MA for apple picking this Sunday.  Please RSVP so we know how many to expect and meet!

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