Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Blog...come see us!

We are in the process of moving to a blog location on our very own website.  Please come and visit us at:

We will eventually be phasing this blog out, so please change your bookmarks!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

IAN does apologize, however, The trainer for todays training is ill and will not be able to conduct the training this morning. IAN will notify each family when the training is rescheduled. IAN wishes to apologize again for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Help us plan for Summer 2013!!

With the end of 2012 rapidly approaching, and 2013 right around the corner it's time for us to begin planning for the events of next summer!

Here are some of the things we are looking forward to:

IAN Family Picnic: One of our annual highlights! All current and former IAN families are invited to gather, eat, play and reconnect.

Family Journey's Culture Camp: Keep your child's Ethiopian heritage alive with classes on food, dance, language and many other things. Classes are available for older children and for younger children. Siblings are welcome!

IAN Ethiopian Heritage Tour: This will be IAN's first experience in taking a group of adoptive families back to Ethiopia to reconnect with the people and experience the homeland of their adopted child. This is the realization of a long-held dream of IAN's Executive Director, Joan Strauss.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Referral Acceptance!

We have great news today! A wonderful family has accepted the referral of a beautiful baby girl!! Congratulations to the happy family!

List movement is below:

Infant girl: everyone after #10 move up one

All other lists remain the same.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Post Adoption Reports

We'd like to send this friendly reminder to all IAN families who are safely home with their Ethiopian children:

  Post adoption reports and photographs are a very important part of the adoption process!   

Post adoption reports are filed with the local government offices in Ethiopia, and are available to your child's birth family if they would like to have updates.   They are also monitored by the Ethiopian government to ensure that adopted children are being well cared for.   The Ethiopian government has recently become much stricter in monitoring reports received, as well as wanting them submitted on time.  If post placement reports are not submitted, it could very likely have a negative impact on all future Ethiopian adoptions.

When you arrived home you should have received a letter indicating when your post adoption reports are due, guidelines for what is required and other valuable information.   As a reminder: the first year reports are due at three months, six months, and twelve months home (and one month if you are a Colorado resident).  These first year reports must be completed by a licensed homestudy agency.  After the first year, parents can submit reports on their own.  These reports are due once a year either on the anniversary of the date your child arrived home, or on your child's birthday.

If you need a reminder about when your reports are due, or about the requirements for the annual self-report, please contact your coordinator or IAN's post placement department at

By honoring your post adoption agreement, you are helping more Ethiopian children the opportunity to have a forever family.  Thank you so much for your cooperation!  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Uganda Referral Acceptance!

IAN is very pleased to announce that our first official referral of two baby girls from Uganda was accepted last week. We at IAN are excited to see the Uganda program moving along so well and wish the family Congratulations!!!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Another Referral Acceptance!

We have even more great news this week! An adorable baby boy has found his forever family!

The list movement is as follows:

Infant boy: everyone after #7 moves up 1

All other lists remain unchanged.

Congratulations to the happy family!