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Grace Tsai

New York, United States

Product Design

Member since September 08, 2008

  • Non-Profit and Bibliography Research



    Non-Profit Organizations Research

    Also-Known-As, Inc.

    P.O. Box 6037, FDR Station, New York, NY 10150, United States Tel : 888-467-2183

    “Also-Known-As” is a non-profit organization that serves adult adoptees’ adoption life. They create bridge between cultures gaps, languages, perception, races, and adoptee’s identity as he/she moves into another family.


    CHINAR (Child Nurture and Relief)

    21029 Roaming Shores Terrace, Ashburn, VA 20147, United States Tel : 703- 858-9983

    CHINAR is a non-profit that working for the psychosocial rehabilitation of orphaned and vulnerable children in conflict areas – irrespective of race, religion culture or gender. They consulting with children in different situation such as war, abandon, and any kind children in need; they enhance their social skill and help them cope with life.



    Suite 230A 45 Dunlevy Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 3A3, Canada Tel : 604-633-1180

    GiveMeaning is a fundraising site emphasizing on creative fundraising ideas and charity donation. Although it does not fall on the topic that I am interest, this could be a helpful organization to understand how organization works.


    Morning Tears

    morning tears vzw, Rijkelstraat 33, B-3511 Hasselt (Belgium) Tel : +32 479 208585

    It is an organization that helps to care children who have suffered or are suffering heavy emotional pain due to parents in prisons, abandon, abused or neglected, abandon, street child. They have social workers that take care of lost child’s basic need such as clothes and food. They improve psychological care for the children and help them in coping with life.


    CRIN (Child Rights Information Network)

    c/o Save the Children, 1 St John's Lane, London EC1M 4AR, United Kingdom Tel : +44 20 7012 6866

    CRIN is an international information network that helps to presses right for the child; they focus on addressing root causes and promoting systematic change. They have more than 2,000 member organizations and countless activists to research, promote and act for the Child Right. This is a reliable network resource that allows me to have deep research on connecting organizations.

    Better Care Network (resource under CRIN)


    The ChildTrauma Academy

    5161 San Felipe, Suite 320, Houston, Texas 77056 Tel : 866-943-9779

    The ChildTrauma Academy is an organization that collaborate with individuals and organizations working to improve the lives of high-risk children. They usually involve parenting, education, the law, child protection systems, mental health, law enforcement and a host of related systems to have a positive social change for children.

    Bibliography Research


    Verrier, Nancy. The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child. Nancy Verrier, 1993.
    Eldridge, Sherrie. Twenty Life Transforming Choices Adoptees Need to Make. Pinon P, 2003.
    Askeland, Lori. Children and Youth in Adoption, Orphanages, and Foster Care. Greenwood P, 2005.



    Balcom, Karen. "China's Abandoned Children and Transnational   Adoption: Gender, Family, State and Nation in the History of Child Adoption." Journal of Women's History 19 (2007): 123-31.
    Balcom, Karen. "Constructing Families, Creating Mothers: Gender, Family, State and Nation in the History of Child Adoption." Journal of Women's History 18 (2006): 219-32.
    Bone, Jane. 2008. "Exploring trauma, loss and healing: spirituality, Te Whariki and early childhood education." International Journal of Children's Spirituality 13, no. 3: 265-276. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost
    Rachel L Buchanan, Gary L Bowen. 2008. In the Context of Adult Support:     The Influence of Peer Support on the Psychological Well-Being of Middle-School Students. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal 25, no. 5 (October 1): 397-407.
    Merritt, Darcey H. 2008. "Placement preferences among children living in foster or kinship care: A cluster analysis." Children & Youth Services Review 30, no. 11: 1336-1344. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost.
    Wind, L. H., et. al., “Influences of Risk History and Adoption Preparation on Post-Adoption Services Use in U.S. Adoptions.” Family Relations, v. 56 no. 4, (October 2007) p. 378-89
    Snowden, Jessica, Scott Leon, and Jeffrey Sieracki. 2008. "Predictors of children in foster care being adopted: A classification tree analysis." Children & Youth Services Review 30, no. 11: 1318-1327. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost.
    The Concise Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science. Hoboken: Wiley, 2004. s.v. "Child Psychology,"


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    Hi Grace, Sorry that I mistakenly thought that I had already sent you a response to your postings. I have read through everything here and on your blog at I think that you have many interesting directions, but have not yet arrived at a suitable idea for your thesis. It appears that you favorite idea so far is to do something involving abandoned children in China. That's a very interesting topic, but I am having difficulty understanding how a product that you will create can improve life for these children. You may have a good product idea, but I can't find it yet.

    On the other hand, I am very interested in two of the products that you mention in your mapping assignment. In particular, I am thinking about the system for creating drinkable (potable, not portable) water using very low-tech methods. Lack of fresh water is perhaps the most significant health problem in the world today.

    We read, "Diarrhoeal diseases cause ninety percent of all deaths of children under five years old in developing countries. Malnutrition, especially protein-energy malnutrition, can decrease the children's resistance to infections, including water-related diarrhoeal diseases. In 2000-2003, 769,000 children under five years old in sub-Saharan Africa died each year from diarrhoeal diseases. As a result of only thirty-six percent of the population in the sub-Saharan region having access to proper means of sanitation, more than 2000 children's lives are lost every day. In south Asia, 683,000 children under five years old died each year from diarrhoeal disease from 2000-2003. During the same time period, in developed countries, 700 children under five years old died from diarrhoeal disease. Improved water supply reduces diarrhea morbidity by twenty-five percent and improvements in drinking water through proper storage in the home and chlorination reduces diarrhea episodes by thirty-nine percent" (WHO/UNICEF, Water for life: making it happen)

    Are you focused now on the adoption issue, or would you consider switching? I think that, given your skill and thoughtfulness, you could develop a great new product for small-scale solar desalinization. I know that there are local NFPs who would be interested in seeing your work in this area. Take a look at this article about solar stills. It would very interesting to try to create a home-scale product that could produce enough drinking water from brackish water or sea water.

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