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.


The Rice Family said...

Thanks for the updates! Sounds like we could have some movement soon!

The Little Family said...

Great News! Thanks for all your hard work Joan on this trip!

Maureen said...

Wonderful news about the additional orphanages! Thank you for ending the week on an up note...

Ebenezer Forest Farm said...

Thank you for the update! This is good news!