Bal Jagat- Children's World Inc. is excited to share our new partnership with Carolina Adoption Services for adoption of children from Armenia!
Children Available: Children 8 years and older who are considered healthy, and children of all ages with special needs.
Parent Requirements: Married couples and single women, at least 25 years old. Parents must be at least 18 years older than the child but no more than 50 years older.
Travel Requirements: Two trips to Armenia: first trip 7 days; second trip 3 to 5 weeks
a. 3 to 4 months from dossier submission to match to a waiting child. Up to 36 months from dossier submission to match with a referral.
b. 1 month from match to first trip
c. 3 to 5 months from first trip to second trip
For more detailed information, please see the Department of State's website:
For more information and to make an orientation appointment, please call (562) 597-5029 or email us at Baljagat@verizon.net!
"Adoption is a gift of life." Hemlata Momaya, MSW, Executive Director
2016 Congressional "Angels in Adoption" Award Recipient
"We appreciate all that you and Hemlata have done and extend the same appreciation to (the other agency). Thirteen years ago L. became our daughter. She was 16 months old. It is hard to know what you will encounter along life's path. The journey brings you joyous moments, some sadness, accomplishments, and setbacks. The path isn't easy and the destination isn't assured. On November 10th L turned 14. I have looked at her pictures and remember those years as yesterdays and the years to come as tomorrows. She is a wonderful daughter because of who she is.(Our translation team/ In country assistance)_ we cannot thank either of you enough for what you have done in China for us. No matter how many years remain in your lives always hold close to you what you have meant to us. In your unique way you have founded a family: N, D, L, and L. You made it possible by doing what often seemed impossible. We will always hold pictures of the two of you in our memories and be humbled by the gifts you brought to us.
I am now 70 and D grows nearer to her retirement. There are many who would say that adoption isn't for those who have seen the passing of many years. Life is only closer to its end when we let it pass without notice. We will not let that happen! There are times when one wonders if sons and daughters from a land far away appreciate how there lives have changed. Why should they? They are not life's debtors and D and I are not life's lenders. We became a father and mother and they became our daughters: We became the K family. None of us would be the same without the other. With both sadness and happiness we have seen the changes in them. We have seen them grow taller, more accomplished, and committed. L and L are like young buds on two plants. When you look at them you wonder what they will be. As each bud slowly opens you realize that they are different, but still the same in many ways. As they mature they will experience their own unique perspective of themselves, life, and the world around them. One thing will remain the same. They will always be N and D's daughters and we like that thought.
In April, L will also turn 14. In the mornings I often think about her young life's struggles. Life's 12 years had not been kind to her but her spirit filled her with levels of courage and strength far beyond her years. She is a happy girl. You can see it in her face, the sound of her laugh, the excitement in her voice, and the helpfulness of her ways. She is a child that is free to find out who she wants to be and be as happy as she will let herself be.
Being a family does not mean that being so brings days of endless happiness. No. There are days and even some weeks when we question ourselves, wonder if we are doing the right thing, feel unhappy, or just tired of it all. These reactions to life are essential. I have never liked life's rainy days. I've always wanted the warmth of the sun accompanied by a gentle breeze. If life was the way I wanted it to be life would end. Endless days of sunshine and soothing breezes bring death and so do endless days of driving rain. After all, in calmer moments we know that it is these opposites that make life possible. So it is that we have come to understand as parents that life's stormy days make the sun just that much warmer and the breeze that much more refreshing. We hope that L and L will come to learn that all of life's experiences are important in helping them become the best they can be. That in their Mom and Dad's passing that they were loved beyond any words they could write or say, hugs they could give, or kisses they could share.
Adopting an older child may not always be successful, but that should not be the focus. There are older children that can and will reach out to a mom, dad, and even brothers and sisters. Life is a risk, but the acceptance of that risk has its rewards. Adoption of an older child is like a marriage. Being together with another person always results in friction, but you must stay together. An older child is no different. There will be friction, but you stay with them.
Thank all of you very much for our two wonderful daughters!
Our feelings are personal, but not private. So, if our family will help build or create new families share our email. There are couples that want to be a family and children in need of them. All they need is someone that can make that possible. There are families that love their children so much that they want to share it with a child that is seeking it." - Nick & Deb K. (Adoptive parents of two daughters from China. One adopted as an infant, one adopted at age 12).
"I have always thought and wrongfully so, that adopting a child is simple. You have a home, you have the right finance, you love children and a cute looking child appears at your doorsteps... I thought so till I met Hemlata and Mausami. I recently moved to Long Beach and Mausami is my neighbor. One day, we ran into each other and like me (now retired), Mausami is a social worker and working on adoption. She sounded so passionate about her work that I decided to invite myself to her office. That was several months ago and I have been back and back and Mausami can testify to it!
On their walls, I saw pictures and pictures of children of all genders and nationalities, from Japan, Korea, China, India, Romania, Latin America and the list goes on and on.... But what struck me the most were many pictures of children with special needs, with cleft lips/ palates. I saw pictures of them adopted with these malfunctions which were later surgically corrected. They had the brightest and happiest smiles. My heart simply melt just by looking at these kids whose lives have been completed transformed. Then I saw pictures of children being adopted many years ago who now have graduated some from high school, some from college and who are still keeping in touch with Hemlata and Mausami and those kids who live locally have sent invitations to their graduation and even to their wedding.
I realized Mausami and her mother made all this happen. These happy faces, broad grins don't just appear. These two people made all that happen. Then I hear Hemlata and Mausami share stories of the children, each story is certainly beautiful and touching but what deeply resonates with me is the sparkle I their eyes when they talk, I feel the passion, the pride not so much about themselves but much more so about how far these children have come. I remember one instance they shared how excited they were knowing a child finally landed in the US and was home to new parents.
As I visit more often, I hold deep respect for the work Hemlata and Mausami do. Nothing happens overnight. I learned the adoption process is a lengthy and challenging road. They dealt with countless requirements ,domestic and abroad, while constantly ensuring prospective parents go thru mandated orientation and training classes and are emotionally and mentally fit. They do all this day in and day out with one goal in mind and that is to create a happy and safe home for the child.
I respect Hemlata and Mausami for the passion they carry throughout their daily duties, I appreciate the thoughtfulness they show towards each child's country of origin, I value their commitment and dedication. Mausami to,d me one day, she did not take a sick day last year and I believe her. Well, if you are reading this review and wish to adopt a child, I invite you to call them up. This may be the best call you will ever make.... My hat to you, Hemlata and Mausami for showing me, that lives of these children and many you will touch in the future matter."- Minh (Community Member, and Social Worker). Posted on Yelp