Pearl S. Buck International and Congressman Fitzpatrick Advocate for Adoption Reform

 -Pearl S Buck firmly believed that every child deserves to grow up in a loving family. The Welcome House adoption program at Pearl S. Buck International has echoed this sentiment for 65 years as it advocated for parentless children and brought them to loving families.

Pearl S. Buck International’s advocacy efforts were reinforced this week by Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick (PA-8) who co-sponsored the bipartisan Children in Families First Act (CHIFF) [H.R. 3323/S. 1530]. The legislation aims to realign structures and reallocate resources within the federal government to make children in families a priority.

“This bill offers an effective solution for an adoption system that is crippled and allows children to languish in orphanages while couples here in the United States desperately want to adopt,” said Janet Mintzer, President and CEO Pearl S. Buck International sitting alongside Congressman Fitzpatrick at a press conference in the Cultural Center on site at the historic landmark Pearl S. Buck House.

CHIFF would create a leadership position in the State Department to prioritize child welfare diplomacy and international adoptions, as well as remove duplicative regulations that slow the adoption process. This landmark, bipartisan legislation has over 45 co-sponsors in both the House and Senate, and has been recommended to the House Committees on the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs.

Adoptive families and couples who want to adopt are encouraged to check this website to see if their legislator has co-sponsored the bill www.childreninfamiliesfirst.org. If your legislator is not listed reach out to urge them to co-sponsor the bill.

“As a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, I’ve committed myself to working toward sustainable, pro-family adoption policies that encourage – not discourage – the process of giving a home to every child,” Fitzpatrick said. “The Children in Families First Act has a simple goal: Realign U.S. adoption policy with the fundamental human truth that every child deserves to grow up with a loving family.”

Since 1949, Pearl S. Buck International’s Welcome House adoption program has been finding families for parentless children. Currently, the program facilitates adoptions in Costa Rica, Colombia, China and Korea. Our full continuum of adoption services includes pre-adoption information meetings, webinars, and home studies, through post-adoption counseling, respite and other resources.

Child Sponsorship Program Featured on Comcast Newsmakers

Pearl S. Buck International’s child sponsorship program, Opportunity House changes the lives of disadvantaged children. In recognition of the program’s 50th anniversary, Marketing Director Pamela Carroll appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to discuss the non-profit’s humanitarian outreach services and gave details about how to sponsor a child.

 

 


 

Esther Hewlett, Pearl S. Buck International Woman of the Year 2013

Pearl S. Buck International first named a Woman of the Year in 1979 when the honor was bestowed upon Beverly Sills. Since that time, it has been awarded to 30 recipients.  

This year’s honoree is Esther Hewlett. Inspired by Pearl S. Buck’s humanitarian work 45 years ago, Ms. Hewlett accepted Pearl Buck’s invitation to travel to Taipei to help lay the groundwork for opening a Taiwan office to serve Amerasian children. Esther’s Taiwan experience was transformative and led to her lifelong commitment to work for the rights of women around the world, the well-being of children, the power of young people to change the world, and to build a truly global community. Esther's works around the world on  humanitarian efforts on behalf of the Global Fund for Woman, New Global Citizens and the Flora Family Foundation.

"Pearl S. Buck has been my role model for 45 years, so this comes as a humbling and delightful surprise for me. I greatly admire the work of Pearl S. Buck International: Welcome House for adoption; Opportunity House for child sponsorships, and the Pearl S. Buck House for historic preservation. Most of all though, I admire Pearl S. Buck," said Hewlett in her acceptance speech.

David Yoder, chairman of the board, presents Esther Hewlett
the Pearl S. Buck International 2013 Woman of the Year Award
for Lifetime Achievement.

Read more about Esther Hewlett on our blog.

Pearl S. Buck House Reopens Following Eight Year Restoration Project

Several hundred people gathered at the Pearl S. Buck Estate on June 26 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony eight years in the making. When President and CEO, Janet Mintzer, came to Pearl S. Buck International 12 years ago, the house was in poor shape needing over $2 million in restoration. The ceremony, which featured celebrity guests and international delegates, marked the end of the costly restoration project and the reopening of the Pearl S. Buck House after a six month closure.

Pearl S. Buck International’s 2011 Woman of the Year, Karen Moyer, along with husband and former Phillies pitcher, Jamie Moyer, hosted a "meet and greet" for campaign donors prior to the public ceremony and also helped with the ribbon-cutting event. The Moyers are adoptive parents and founders of The Moyer Foundation, which supports programs that serve the critical needs of children in distress. A photo of Pearl Buck is a fixture in Karen Moyer’s office and Karen says she is “inspired by her every day.”

Following the reopening ceremony and Pearl S. Buck House ribbon-cutting, attendees were invited inside the house for self-guided tours to see the results of the restoration project and new artifacts on display. Tours of the national historic landmark home now feature increased access to collections and never displayed artifacts including select wardrobe items worn by Pearl Buck, a 1927 office Edison-Dictaphone, crystal stemware and china table settings.

Guided tours of the Pearl S. Buck House are offered Mondays at 11am, Tuesday through Saturday at 11am, 1pm and 2pm and on Sundays at 1pm and 2pm. Tours are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for students and complimentary for Pearl S. Buck International members. For more information on tours and becoming a member, visit www.pearlsbuck.org/house

Pictured: Top: Jamie and Karen Moyer; Xu Ping, Chinese delegate; Susie Woodland, Pearl S. Buck International volunteer portraying Pearl S. Buck; David Yoder, Chairman of the Pearl S. Buck International Board of Directors; Joyce Barndt, Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association President; David Breidinger, Vice Chairman of the Pearl S. Buck International Board of Directors; Wang Yangsheng, Chinese Consulate. Bottom: Karen Moyer, David Yoder, Jamie Moyer.

 

Pearl S. Buck International Awards Chefs in ‘Top Taste’ Competition at Taste of the World

The hottest event in town, Taste of the World, got even hotter this year when it turned up the heat with a Top Taste Competition with NBC10 Philadelphia’s Tim Furlong stirring the pot. Taste of the World, an annual event of Pearl S. Buck International, teamed up with Local Living Magazine to do more than food tasting – this year, they assembled the area’s finest restaurants and caterers in an amazing competition which entertained more than 350 people in attendance.

Celebrity guest judges Kimberly Cambra, food editor at Local Living Magazine, Celebrity Chef Maria Liberati, award-winning author, of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking, Master Chef Joseph Poon from Joseph Poon Chef Kitchen, and Executive Chef Barry Sexton from The Opinionated Palate judged international tapas prepared by each chef as the audience watched and enjoyed the food too.  While guests voted for their Fan Favorite entrée, dessert, and beverage, the celebrity judges discussed each entrée in detail.

In the end, the Top Taste award was presented to Chef Tom Fetters from Tabora Farm and Orchard in Chalfont for his Mediterranean Couscous, a fusion of culinary artistry. As a result of winning the competition, Chef Tom Fetters and Tabora Farm will be featured in the July/August 2013 issue of Local Living Magazine.

For the Fan Favorites, Chef Joseph Garvey, of Joey G’s Catering, tied with Pasqualina’s Chef and Owner, Peter Lochetta for the entrée, Joanne Jarin, owner and baker of The Lucky Cupcake Company, won for best dessert, and the Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association won best beverage for their peachy punch.

“It just amazes me how interested everyone is in food competitions these days,” states Janet Mintzer, President & CEO of Pearl S. Buck International.  “It was so interesting to see everyone watching the judging so intently while eating all of the delicious food.  This event has grown in popularity the last few years with sell-out crowds, and the competition says a lot about the restaurants and caterers who participated. They gave of themselves to showcase their talents while building their presence and helping Pearl S. Buck International with our major fundraising event.  Taste of the World is a win-win experience for everyone involved, and everyone is walking away a winner.

The participating establishments at the 2013 Taste of the World included: All About Catering, Amy's Creative Cakes, Brig O'Doon Coffee House, C & C Catering Service, Chaddsford Winery, Chambers 19 Bistro & Bar, Eagles Peak Spring Water, Joey G.'s Catering, Laurie's Chocolates, The Lucky Cupcake Company, Marsha Brown Creole Kitchen, Maru Sushi and Bar, McCoole's Red Lion Inn, Memorable Affairs Catering, Moussey Moose, Pasqualina's, Piccolo Trattoria, Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association, S & B Event Concepts and Catering, The Standard Club, Steam Pub, Tabora Farm and Orchard, The Tea Can Company, The Waterwheel Restaurant, Uncle Harold's Barn Good Chips, and Wegman's Food Markets.

Docent Susie Woodland as Pearl S. Buck with Top Taste award recipient, Chef Tom Fetters, Tabora Farm and Orchard.

Docent Susie Woodland as Pearl S. Buck with Top Taste award recipient, Chef Tom Fetters, Tabora Farm and Orchard.

Pearl S. Buck House Wins Keystone 20th Anniversary Award

The Pearl S. Buck House, located in Hilltown, Bucks County, received the Keystone Recreation, Park, & Conservation Fund’s 20th Anniversary Award for Exemplary Historic Preservation for “creating real and lasting improvements and making the community a better place to live” at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg on March 18th, 2013.

Teri Mandic, vice president of programs at Pearl S. Buck International, accepted the award on Monday, March 18, with State Representative Paul Clymer among other dignitaries in attendance.  Funding from Keystone Recreation, Park, & Conservation totaling $135,000 was used to begin a campaign in 2005 to raise $2.8 million for the preservation of the Pearl S. Buck House.

“Pennsylvania has been home to many successful authors and human rights leaders whose stories inspire and excite future generations,” said Janet L. Mintzer, president and CEO, Pearl S. Buck International. “Thanks to the Keystone Fund, visitors to the Pearl S. Buck House will have access to more than a historic tour about an award-winning author. The Pearl S. Buck House tour promotes the legacy of one woman with one vision that has changed over 2 million lives and counting.”

The third and final phase of the restoration of the house is currently underway and a grand reopening is planned for June 26, 2013, 6:00 pm, also Pearl S. Buck’s 121st birthday. Register for this complimentary public event at: www.pearlsbuck.org/opening. Pearl S. Buck International invites the public to join the “Home Stretch” campaign to raise the remaining $424,815 needed to complete the preservation project of the Pearl S. Buck House. For more information, visit www.pearlsbuck.org/stretch or contact Tony Luna, vice president of relationship development at tluna@pearlsbuck.org or 215-249-0100 x130.

James Vaughan, executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and Teri Mandic, vice president of programs at Pearl S. Buck International.

 

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