COVID-19 Update

After months of watching the pandemic and news about possible vaccines unfold, we unfortunately do not think a solution will come in time for us to run 2021 programs. The majority of people will approach international travel cautiously and countries receiving U.S. citizens will be slow to allow us to visit their countries. 
It takes many months to prepare a Ties group to travel, and to date all of our international partners have either closed entirely or reduced their staff significantly. Guatemala in-country staff has refocused their efforts on humanitarian aid. Airline and hotel services have also been greatly impacted. Many hotels in Ties destinations have been closed completely.  We realize there is a slim possibility for this to turn around in the coming months, but with so many unknowns, The Ties Program has decided to take a hiatus. For now, we have put Ties  Programs on hold.

The Ties Program remains dedicated to serving adoptees and their families. Thank you for your continued patience as we all strive to do our best in challenging times. We will update you as plans come into focus. 
The Ties Program Team

The Ties Program
2870 17 3/4 Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868 (USA)
toll free phone and fax  1 866 359-0995

Email The Ties Program

Becca Piper, Founder & Co-Director, Speaker's Bureau, Media Relations, World Ties, Bulgaria, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Nepal
866 359-0995  (Mountain Standard Time)

Bea Evans, Co-Director, China, Chile, Colombia, Next Gen: Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Ukraine, Romania
866 359-0995 (Central Standard Time)

Sarah Goth Kurtzahn, Program Manager, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Next Gen: Korea
866 359-0995 (Central Standard Time)

Rebecca (Harris) Blessing, Program Manager, Guatemala, Ethiopia
866 359-0995   (Mountain Daylight Time)

Anna Pizur, Program Manager in Training, Russia & India 
866 359-0995  (Central Standard Time)

Jaclyn Skalnik, MSW, social worker

Adjunct Travel Staff  Your group will be accompanied by a team of adoption specialists who are well versed in adoption issues. Our adoption specialists may be an adoption agency social worker from one of the many agencies who work cooperatively with The Ties Program, a therapist, or an adult adoptee, adoptive parent or interested individual with a special background and training in adoption. While it is important to note a Ties trip is not therapy, each staff person traveling with your group will have a unique connection to adoption and a passion for serving adoptive families on this important journey.

Adjunct staff who have traveled with us include many wonderful people you may know: Autumn Ackerson, Erin Ahlquist, Scottie Allen, Heather Ames, Betsy August, Emily Bail, Betsey Barrett, Janelle Bentley, Linda Berman, Paula Bickel, Rebecca Harris Blessing, Larilyn Carpenter, Marisa Cleveland, Jenna Cook, Soo Choi, Jessie Crupi, Ana Dodson, Kathleen Donovan, Ian Forber-Pratt, Mary Fournier, Fran Freeman, Analisa Freitas, Jackie Frens, Sophia Gardner, Shari Goldstein, Laurie Glass, Carol Hakala, Pat Hallada, Brian Hallada, Caitlin Hallada,  Pat Hoopes, Jessica Houston, Mandy Jones, Tanya Kaanta, Carmen Knight, Dr. Bibiana Koh, Matt Kurtzahn, Laura Marshall, Sandy Maher, Sarah McCarthy, Hollee McGinnis, Amy Mullen, Katie Naftzger, Cindy Neal, Mary Nervig, Dr. Sue Ouellette,  Gwen Owen, Young Hae Paeng, Melitta Payne, Erica Pelaccia, Kourtni Radar, Ann Rankowitz, Mara Rothschild, Cara Schoenley, Deb Shrier, Jaclyn Skalnik, Michaelyn Sloan, Kelly Smith, Liz Solomon, Claire Stiglmeier, Laura Summerhill, Tara VanderWoude, Amy Silverbrandt Wilkerson, Dr. Samantha Wilson, Angela Wood-Richter, Gail Woods, and Sun Yun.