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 Dr. Natalya Shaginian-Needham

 Dr. Natalya Shaginian-Needham

Dear Friends,

I would like to share with you our biggest news: the transformation of Happy Families International to Life in Motion International. In the summer of 2016, we officially changed the mission and name of our corporation which we were working on during the last few years. Now, we are Life in Motion International! 

When we opened Happy Families in 1994, we worked with children who needed medical attention and could not get it in Russia. Then, in 1996, we started our adoption program. After working with adoptions for many years, helping children to find loving families, being able to see their happiness and success - I look back with a smile. Seeing happy children and happy families is the most warming and rewarding feeling. 

We believed that international adoption influenced and stimulated Russian people to adopt their own children and domestic adoption started to grow. It was a very important and positive change. A few years ago, we made a decision to close the adoption program at Happy Families. We felt it was time to concentrate on another mission: helping children with special needs – the one we started with.

Since then, we have been developing our "I Want To Walk" program which helps kids achieve their dream of walking. They get prosthetics, make their first steps on their own and become a confident and integral part of society.

Life moves on and this movement always inspires me. The name "Life in Motion" was so right for our corporation, for its new mission supporting children with different challenges and their motion in life.

Natasha Shaginian-Needham, M.D.

Co-Founder and Executive Director

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