Monday, June 27, 2011

Another referral acceptance!

 A double wonderful Monday!  We have another referral acceptance today for a beautiful 4 year old boy.  A big congratulations from all of us at IAN!

List movement:
Everyone below #1 on the Older Boy waiting list moves up one spot.

Wait time: 3 months, 13 days

~ IAN Staff

Referral Acceptance!!

What a perfect end to a Monday!  A beautiful 2 year old boy found his forever family today!  Congratulations to everyone!

List movement:
Everyone below #11 on the infant boy list moves up one spot.
Everyone below #4 on the toddler boy list moves up one spot.

Wait time: 6 months, 20 days

~ IAN Staff

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Referral Acceptance!!

Congratulations today to a very happy family and beautiful baby who were matched today!!

List movement:
Everyone below #3 on the infant boy list moves up one spot.
Everyone below # 12 on the infant girl list moves up one spot.

~ IAN Staff

Monday, June 20, 2011

General Information Webinars!

IAN will be hosting General Information Webinars for new families on the following dates and times.  If you are interested in joining us, please email to reserve your spot. 

Wednesday, June 22nd, 7-8pm (MST)
Saturday, July 9, 9-10am (MST)

We hope to see you there!

~ IAN Staff

Friday, June 17, 2011

Court Closure Dates

IAN Families,

Court closure dates in Ethiopia have been announced.  The Ethiopian Court be closed from August 8th to September 19th for rainy season (please note that this date could change slightly, as it is based on Ethiopia's rainy season).  MOWA and the US Embassy will be processing cases as normal.

~ IAN Staff

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Letter from Joan

Greetings IAN Families,
I wanted to take a moment to update you on some of the exciting happenings here at IAN.

I will be leaving tomorrow morning for a short trip to Ethiopia to check on IAN’s program there. I look forward to seeing how things are going, meeting with our in country staff, making sure the care center has made all the necessary changes and is meeting our standards, and of course to spending time with our children!

I also wanted to address the feedback I’ve received on the Addis View Guest House. When choosing our guest house for families to use, we based our decision on a number of criteria. These include priority for IAN families, cost, location, comfort, amenities, play areas for children, food, as well as many others. Addis View met all of our criteria. With any change, there is always room for improvement. I appreciate all of you who have taken the time to share your thoughts about areas for Addis View to improve. We have been in close contact with AV’s management, and they have agreed to make some immediate changes. Some of these will include: limiting smoking to a designated area, providing ample play room for children, providing rooms on the lower floors for IAN families to avoid restaurant noise, informing IAN of scheduled weddings or events, providing internet access for families who prefer to use laptops rather than public computers, providing a cell phone for IAN families to share, providing more accommodations for families with young children and ensuring bottled water is available in every room. Every comment IAN has received about AV – positive or negative –has been communicated to the management of AV, and I have been pleased to see how willing the AV staff is to make changes to better serve our clients. We appreciate your willingness to allow AV a second chance and please continue to share your thoughts with us to keep moving in a positive direction!

We have posted some beautiful photos here of some of the improvements being made at our care center. Thank you to all of the families who made this possible and keep your eye out for more updates on our Care Center Improvement Project!

I’m also excited about the eleven families who received their referrals this month!! Providing loving homes for these children is why we all work so hard!

Thank you for your support of IAN. I hope to see as many of you as possible at Family Journeys Culture Camp in August! Don’t forget to register:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Referral Accepted!!

We are thrilled that a handsome baby boy has found his forever family! Congratulations to the family!

Everyone below #4 on Infant Boy moves up 1 spot.

Family wait time: ~ 1 year

~IAN Staff

Friday, June 10, 2011

Two referrals!!

We are thrilled that two more beautiful girls found their forever families today!! Congratulations to the happy families!!

List movement:
Everyone below #8 on the infant girl list moves up one spot
Everyone below # 11 on the toddler girl waiting list moves up one spot
Everyone below #5 on the toddler girl waiting list moves up one spot

Family waiting time:
~ 13 months for the infant girl
~ Six months for the toddler girl

~ IAN Staff

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summer Camp Registration!!!

Registration for Family Journeys Culture Camp is now OPEN!!
Date: August 8 to August 12th
3 to 6 year olds: 9am to 12:30
7 to 12 year olds: 1 to 4:40
Activities available for children over 12
About Camp:
We have outstanding Ethiopian teachers who will lead camp this year.
Activities include: Ethiopian language, dance, games, haircare, cooking, even a coffee ceremony!
Each child will receive an authentic Ethiopian outfit (*Must be registered by July 15)
A perfect opportunity for your children to meet friends and siblings with similar experiences!
To Register
All children must be registered by July 15th. Sign up now to reserve your space!!
We can't wait to see you!!

Two MORE Referrals Accepted!!

Two sweet baby boys found their forever families today!!!  One is just under two months old, the other eight months old.  Congratulations to both happy families!!

Families times on wait list:
-13 months, 10 days.
-9 months, 21 days. 

List movement:
Baby Girl List: Everyone after #9 moves two spots.
Baby Boy List: #7 - #21 move one spot; #22 and after move two spots.

As always, please contact your coordinator if you have any questions!

-IAN Staff

Referral Acceptance!

A beautiful baby girl was matched with her forever family today!  Congratulations!!

Waiting list movement:
Everyone below #8 on the infant girl list moves up one spot
Everyone below #3 on the toddler girl list moves up one spot

Family Waiting Time: 13 months

~ IAN Staff

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Two referral Acceptances!!!

We are very happy to announce that two beautiful baby girls have found their forever families!!

Waiting list movement:
Everyone below #8 on the infant girl waiting list moves up 2 spaces
Everyone below #3 on the toddler girl waiting list moves up 1 spot

Family waiting time:
13 months


~ IAN Staff

Thursday, June 2, 2011

An unexpectedly happy ending

This week one of our baby boys who was in the process of being adopted received the best possible gift.  Due to a change in circumstances, he was able to be reunited with his birth mother and will be raised by her.  Neither birth nor adoptive families had passed court. 

While this was a difficult time for the adoptive family, they showed unbelievable strength and faith in the news that there was one less orphan in Ethiopia needing a family.  While this is a highly unusual turn of events, and not something that should cause other adoptive parents concern, it does indeed show that the process in Ethiopia is working and healthy.

Today, the family accepted a referral for another baby boy, one who still needs a family.  Congratulations to all of you!!

No list movement.

Referral Acceptance!!

Today a beautiful 5 month old baby girl was matched with her forever family!!  Congratulations to the happy family!

Time on wait list for the family:  13 1/2 months. 


List movement as follows:
Baby girl list:  Everyone after #9 moves one spot
Sibling list:  Everyone after #3 moves one spot.