Tuesday, March 31, 2009

(MORE) Waiting List Movement

A family who was number two on the toddler boy list and number five on the infant boy list has accepted a referral today! So- anyone below number two on toddler boy and below number five on infant boy move up one spot!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Another Acceptance

A great way to start the week: another family accepted a referral today!

We are so excited to announce that number one on the toddler boy and toddler girl lists has accepted a referral for two children! Everyone on these lists move up one spot!

This family was also #5 on the sibling list and #1 on both 5+ lists. Everyone below #5 on the sibling list moves one spot and everyone on the 5+ list moves one spot.

If you are unsure about your spot on any list please call your coordinator for clarification.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Another Day, Another Acceptance

We had another referral accepted today! This refferal was accepted by the new number one family on the infant girl waiting list- they didn't get to be number one for very long! Everyone on the infant girl wait list moves up another spot.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Number one on the Sibling List accepted a referral today for two children! AND- they were on multiple lists.

Everyone Below #7 On the Infant Girl List moves up one
Everyone Below #3 on the Toddler Girl List moves up one
Everyone Below #5 on the Toddler Boy List moves up one
Everyone on the sibling list moves up one!

If this causes any confusion as to where you are on the list- please call your coordinator for clarification.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More Movement

Number one on the baby girl list has accepted a referral today!Everyone on the infant girl list moves up one spot.

We are also very excited to announce that a referral was accepted for two other children, one who is an HIV positive toddler. This will be the first HIV positive child that IAN has been able to help bring home and we could not be happier! This family was on the Special Needs waiting list and does not affect any other wait lists.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Number One on the baby boy list accepted a referral today! This means that everyone moves up one spot on the infant boy list.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


We know we are throwing a lot of information at you today- but we wanted to update you on some exciting program improvements that IAN is implementing immediately.

We currently have excellent communication with Ethiopia, in that we exchange emails daily with both our head facilitator and one of our assistants. Because of language barriers, many emails need a clarification or follow up. Since Ethiopia is 10 hours behind us here in CO, it isn’t until the next day where the issue is clarified for us. Unfortunately the phone is no more reliable. Sometimes the communication on the phone is difficult, and other times the phone system in Ethiopia presents its own problems. These are things we have learned to expect when working with a developing nation.

That being said, we are scheduling weekly phone calls with our in-country staff to discuss any issues that remain unresolved. We will be able to clarify answers to many of your questions and verify whether or not rumors are true. We will also be calling our staff on the day of your court date to find out the result. We will no longer wait for an email.

We are more than happy to announce issues affecting the Ethiopia program (like the TB announcement below), but we will never announce any information that has not been verified to us by a government source or from first hand experience by our in-country staff.

On a monthly basis, families who are matched with a child will receive an update including height, weight and new developmental milestones. We hope that this helps those families who have to wait a long time between match and travel. You can stay up to date on how the child is progressing and when you travel you will have a better idea of what size clothes to bring!

Whew! That is a lot. We hope that you like these changes…and if you have any suggestions just let your coordinator know!

Tuberculosis Testing

Many families have been asking about the new tuberculosis testing requirements in Ethiopia. IAN has not previously offered information since the policy is new, and has been changing daily as details and new information is added. The government had previously asked agencies NOT to offer information, so as not to alarm parents. However, since the information has been released, IAN would like to clarify the policy for all parents.

Beginning March 23, 2009, the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) is requiring TB tests and treatment for all immigrants from Ethiopia. These new requirements WILL NOT affect the majority of the children being adopted from Ethiopia.

All children under the age two will have their medical history and physical signs reviewed by a panel of pediatricians to determine if a gastric aspiration is needed to obtain a sputum sample. If the culture is positive, then TB treatment will be required. This procedure is not new, in 2008, fewer than five children under the age of two required a sputum test. None of these children had active TB.

All children 2-14 years old will undergo a skin test (TST). If the test shows TB exposure, then a chest x-ray will be done. If the chest x-ray indicates possible TB, then a smear culture will be required. The results of the culture will determine whether treatment is necessary.

If a culture is taken, it will take a minimum of eight weeks to confirm a negative result.

For children confirmed to NOT have active TB, there will be no delay in the completion of their adoption.

For the very small number of children whose TB culture confirms they have active TB, the requirement is that they submit to six months of supervised treatment in Addis Ababa. The consular staff estimates that fewer than ten orphans per year will require this treatment.

Again, for the vast majority of children in Ethiopia, these new procedures will not change or cause any delay in their adoption.

If you would like more information, please visit the embassy website at : http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov/tb_testing.html, or call your program coordinator.

Friday, March 13, 2009


International Adoption Net is very proud to announce that we now have a Mexico Program! This program will be open to married couples as well as both single men and women between 25 and 60. Not ideal for families looking to adopt infants, Mexico is a great opportunity for families looking for a child around the ages of three and older. Mexico is a Hague Country. The entire process will average between 9 and 12 months.

Please share this information with friends and family interested in adopting.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Theatre for Ethiopia

Below is the announcement for a play directed by Katie Bradford, who adopted from Ethiopia in 2008,and starring Zach Truman, whose family is matched and waiting court for a beautiful baby girl. For families attending the training on Saturday- this venue is about one mile away...maybe you can get out early to support such a good cause :)

Theatre for Ethiopia

When: March 14, 2:00pm

Denver Academy Theatre

4400 East Iliff Ave, Denver


A One Act Musical Based on African Folk Tales

Performed by DA Middle School

Directed by Katie Bradford

Tickets: Adults $10 Children: $5

100% of Sales go to Ethiopian Orphan Relief:

Children’s Heaven Building Project

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

(MORE) Waiting List Movement

The number one family on the baby boy waiting list has accepted referrals for two wonderful boys. Everyone moves up one spot on the baby boy wait list!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Wating List Movement

We are thrilled to announce that a family has been matched with a beautiful toddler girl. The following movement will take place to our wait lists:

Infant Girl: Everyone below the number 2 spot will move up one spot
Siblings: Everyone below the number 3 spot will move up one
Toddler Girl: Everyone below the number 3 spot will move up one

Please call your coordinator if you have specific questions about your spot on our list(s)!