Thursday, April 29, 2010

Homestead Community Run!!

Come join IAN at the Homestead Community Run on Sunday, May 23rd and help families adopting from Ethiopia!!  The Wiley, Morgan and Parker Fund helped three IAN families adopt their children last year bringing the total number of assisted adoptions to 13 total! 

This is a great way to get the whole family out to enjoy some exercise and for a great cause! Bagels and hotdogs will be provided after this great event.

Date: Sunday, May 23rd
Place: Homestead Elementary School 7451 South Homestead Parkway, Centennial, CO 80112
Time: 8:30 registration and warm up
         9:00 children's 1K run
         9:30 5K run/walk for everyone

You can sign up the morning of the race, and get ready to run with Liz and Jan from IAN!!  If you have more questions, contact Liz at IAN (

Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Family Journeys Culture Camp

IAN's Ethiopian culture camp has officially been named Family Journeys Culture Camp.  Thanks to Stephanie for that great suggestion!!

The camp is scheduled for August 2-6, 2010 and will feature a variety of classes for children adopted from Ethiopia, along with their parents and siblings, promoting Ethiopian culture and adoptive adjustment. 

Pre-registration for the camp is now open!!  Please visit and click on the Family Journeys Culture Camp logo to pre-register today!

Friday, April 16, 2010

News and Updates from Ethiopia

New court travel requirements

-As you know, starting May 9, 2010, families must be present for their court appointment
-One parent will be allowed to represent the family at either court or embassy appointments. It will not need to be the same parent.
-The in-country time needed for the court appointment will be less than 24 hours.
-Parents will be required to visit their child before going to their court appointment.
-More information on visiting your kids while you are there for court will be coming soon. 

Travel Advisory
As you may be aware, the State Department has issued a travel advisory to Ethiopia until after the May 23 election. At this point, we ask families to utilize basic safety practice: avoid large groups or public gatherings, avoid traveling at night, stay within the city of Addis Ababa. Please see the complete advisory at

And Now Some GOOD News:

-IAN has reached agreements with two new orphanages to place children with families! We hope to begin finding families for these kids in the next few weeks.
-IAN’s care home will be moving in the next few weeks. We have already outgrown our current location, so the new home will have eight rooms, and will house 10-20 more children.
-The new care home will allow kids 2 1/2 years and up to attend preschool classes at the care home.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ethiopia Program Update - April 13, 2010

Dear IAN Families,

The Department of State posted an update about the new travel policy. This will begin on May 9th, 2010. Every family with a court date after May 9th will be effected by this new rule and should plan on traveling twice. One parent can travel with a POA to the court date. If your family chooses to do this, you will receive an IR-4 visa instead of the IR-3 visa. This means that your child will not become a citizen upon entry to the US. The list of orphanages that had their licenses revolked are listed. IAN is not affiliated with any of these orphanages. You can read the update at

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Name That Program!

As many of you know, IAN will be holding our first annual Ethiopian culture camp this summer. The big question is, what should we call it?!

This camp will be for all ages of kids and their entire families. It will be open to all Ethiopian adoptive families - not just IAN families. So give us your best ideas!!! The name chosen will earn the namer one free class!

We hope to have the class descriptions and times up on the website by the end of this week.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Referral Acceptance!!

We are thrilled to announce that a family has accepted the referral of beautiful and healthy infant girls who are triplets!!   We are so very happy for the lucky family. 

Everyone below #8 on the baby boy list moves up one spot, everyone below #15 on the baby girl list moves up one spot, and everyone below #4 on the sibling list moves up one spot. 

If you have any questions about your place on the wait list(s), please call or email your coordinator.