Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Help Us Help New Families

Remember when you first began your adoption journey? All the questions you had, the unknowns looming, the overwhelming amount to learn?

IAN wants to prepare families as well as we possibly can for the adventure ahead of them. To do this, we are in the process of putting together a welcome packet for families new to our adoption program. We know that many new parents are eager for books to read, DVDs to watch, people to talk to and anything else to help them navigate the difficult process ahead. There is a wealth of information out there for us to sort through, and also some things that may not be out there – things we need to come up with ourselves.

Here is how you can help us - first, send us your favorite resources. What books, websites, movies or other things were the most useful to you? Second, looking back, what things do you wish you had known? What resources could we have provided that would have been helpful?

Leave your suggestions in the comments here or email them to sarah@adoptioninternational.net and we will use them to compile a list for the welcome packet for new parents. We, and the families that will benefit form this information, sincerely thank you for your help.

1 comment:

SDR said...

I think it would be helpful to include Abebe's resume/cv (or just a quick bio) in the info packet you give to new families. During the process I had this image that "Abebe" was just some kid who worked for IAN running paperwork and such. If I had known his background and how qualified he is, I would have felt a lot more sure about the process.

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