Adoption Attorney coordinates Indiana visit for Ukrainian Orphans

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Amber Burton Small
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Carmel, IN 46032
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CARMEL, IN – July 28, 2008 – Approximately 25 Ukrainian orphans, ranging in age from 6-12 years will be arriving this evening around 5 pm at the Indianapolis Airport to begin a three week visit with Indiana families acting as hosts. For many of the children, not only is it their first time traveling outside of their home country, it is often the first trip away from the orphanage.

The unique exchange is coordinated by Carmel attorney, Michele L. Jackson, noted for her practice in international adoption, who is also active in orphanage relief programs. Michele and her team work to provide the visiting children with a cultural exchange in a warm, family environment. The children, accompanied by translators and representatives from the orphanage, will be staying in the homes of families in Indianapolis and North-Central Indiana. Approximately 20 families serve as hosts. While many of the families are interested in foreign adoption, Michele cautions that this is not a situation in which the children are meeting prospective families. The children are not specifically being considered for adoption, and that is not the purpose of the exchange. However, a host family may become interested in adopting an older foreign child because of the experience. Additionally, the visit is an opportunity for the orphans to experience child-friendly activities such as trips to the Indianapolis Zoo, the Children’s Museum and an event with the Russian Ballet. Other family-oriented events are scheduled throughout the visit, including a barbecue on Thursday, July 31.

JOCHAM HARDEN DIMICK JACKSON, PC, is a Carmel law firm providing personalized service with a responsive and compassionate approach. With a collaborative team of professionals, the practice assists clients in all areas of family law, adoption, mediation, and business litigation. Attorney Michele Jackson’s practice focuses on domestic and international adoptions. For more information about adoption opportunities, please contact Jocham Harden Dimick Jackson, PC at 317.569.0770, or visit

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