IAN does apologize, however, The trainer for todays training is ill and will not be able to conduct the training this morning. IAN will notify each family when the training is rescheduled. IAN wishes to apologize again for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
With the end of 2012 rapidly approaching, and 2013 right around the corner it's time for us to begin planning for the events of next summer!
Here are some of the things we are looking forward to:
IAN Family Picnic: One of our annual highlights! All current and former IAN families are invited to gather, eat, play and reconnect.
Family Journey's Culture Camp: Keep your child's Ethiopian heritage alive with classes on food, dance, language and many other things. Classes are available for older children and for younger children. Siblings are welcome!
IAN Ethiopian Heritage Tour: This will be IAN's first experience in taking a group of adoptive families back to Ethiopia to reconnect with the people and experience the homeland of their adopted child. This is the realization of a long-held dream of IAN's Executive Director, Joan Strauss.
Would you please take just a few short minutes to answer the following questions? These things are for you, and we want your input!
We'd like to send this friendly reminder to all IAN families who are safely home with their Ethiopian children:
Post adoption reports and photographs are a very important part of the adoption process!
Post adoption reports are filed with the local government offices in Ethiopia, and are available to your child's birth family if they would like to have updates. They are also monitored by the Ethiopian government to ensure that adopted children are being well cared for. The Ethiopian government has recently become much stricter in monitoring reports received, as well as wanting them submitted on time. If post placement reports are not submitted, it could very likely have a negative impact on all future Ethiopian adoptions.
When you arrived home you should have received a letter indicating when your post adoption reports are due, guidelines for what is required and other valuable information. As a reminder: the first year reports are due at three months, six months, and twelve months home (and one month if you are a Colorado resident). These first year reports must be completed by a licensed homestudy agency. After the first year, parents can submit reports on their own. These reports are due once a year either on the anniversary of the date your child arrived home, or on your child's birthday.
If you need a reminder about when your reports are due, or about the requirements for the annual self-report, please contact your coordinator or IAN's post placement department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By honoring your post adoption agreement, you are helping more Ethiopian children the opportunity to have a forever family. Thank you so much for your cooperation!
IAN is very pleased to announce that our
first official referral of two baby girls from Uganda was accepted last week. We
at IAN are excited to see the Uganda program moving along so well and wish the
We have even more great news this week! An adorable baby boy has found his forever family! The list movement is as follows: Infant boy: everyone after #7 moves up 1 All other lists remain unchanged. Congratulations to the happy family!
We have MORE wonderful news! An adorable 2 1/2 year old boy found his forever home today! The list movement is as follows: Toddler boy: everyone below #5 moves up 1 All other lists remain unchanged Congratulations to the happy family!
We have wonderful news to share today! An amazing family has accepted the referral of a baby boy! The list movement is: Infant girl: everyone below #11 moves up 1 Infant boy: everyone below #4 moves up 1 Toddler girl: everyone below #5 moves up 1 Toddler boy: everyone below #2 moves up 1 Siblings: everyone below #4 moves up 1 Congratulations to the happy family!
IAN is very excited to announce the launch of the new
website as an effort to improve our service to our families. The layout and
format you are used to is very similar, which should provide for an easy
transition to the new website and continue to provide easy access to
IAN is working very hard to improve its services to our
current and future families. IAN is making major efforts to respond to input
from families on the items they would like to see improved. IAN is very
interested in receiving more feedback from the families in order to address the
issues our families would like to see improved or changed. Please feel free to
fill out a survey directly from the family section of our website or if you
prefer call Bill directly at the office, I would be happy to speak with you
IAN staff will be traveling to Ethiopia and Uganda next
month to begin to facilitate some of the necessary changes in order to improve
our service to our families. IAN is very serious about the feedback we have
received and is taking actions to see that the issues that were brought to the
attention of IAN will be addressed directly.
Thank you very much for your feedback, it is appreciated and
Yared is in town for a very short stay and will be hosting a
dinner at his restaurant next weekend on Saturday the 22nd of
September at 6:00 P.M. Please click the following link for more information
about the restaurant: http://habeshadenver.com/
IAN staff will also be attending this dinner, so come on out
and have some fun!
If you are interested in coming please RSVP to email@example.com
by Wednesday September 19th, so I can give Yared an idea of how many
families wish to attend. If there are enough families the dinner will be a
buffet style dinner and the cost will be $9.00 per person. If there is not
sufficient turn out then it will be regular menu ordering. Hope to see you
IAN would like to offer condolences to those people who are mourning
the loss of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
IAN has spoken to staff in Ethiopia and was informed that at
this time, neither IAN nor the Ethiopian Government are anticipating delays and
IAN will be working diligently to continue assisting these wonderful children
to their “Forever Homes.”
As you know, IAN has launched a child sponsorship program. We are so excited to have this opportunity to provide care for some of Ethiopia's vulnerable children.
We are looking to build a small steering committee to help us build and develop this program. If you have a few hours each month, some good ideas, and a desire to care for orphans and vulnerable children, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
IAN is making changes to improve its ability to communicate information to its families through the use of an Announcement List. This is a list of families that would like to receive information from IAN when IAN sends out an important update that would require more than just a posting to Facebook, Twitter, or the IAN Blog. These updates will come directly to the email address that you provide.
If you would be interested in receiving these updates please sign up at the following link:
Hello to all our wonderful families. IAN has asked for
feedback concerning online media and communication with its families online and
how IAN can better serve its families and the response has been overwhelmingly
there are too many sites, groups, blogs, etc…
values the input of its families and therefore will be shutting down some of
its online media in an effort to make receiving updates and online posts of
information easier for families to keep track of.
will be closing the following:
1.IAN will be closing the Yahoo group as it is the least
used media site for families and requires extra steps in order to become part
of the group.
2.IAN will be closing the external blog resource page
(currently at URL http://blog.ianfamily.org) as it is not being used currently.
If there is an interest in external blogs links this can be added to the family
section of the IAN main site or on the blog resource page presently located at
Everyone at IAN, both here in Colorado and in Ethiopia,
would like to give a big THANK YOU to Ashley Sawyer, Crocs Inc. and our very
own adoptive parent Kristin Barber for the donation of 50 pairs of Croc shoes!
These Croc shoes will be delivered by Kristin to our staff in Ethiopia and will
then be delivered to our care center and 3 orphanages we work with. With this
wonderful donation, all of our children will be able to wear a new pair
of shoes! Thank you again to everyone involved for all of your hard work!
US Department of State recently announced that as of April 13, 2012 US
immigrant visa application fees changed. The fee for ‘Immediate Relative and
Family Preference Applications’ (I-600 or I-800 petition) decreased from $404
to $230. All visa applicants must
pay the fees in effect on the day of the payment (when your case is submitted
to the Embassy for review), not the day of the visa interview.
Many of you have contacted IAN concerned about the possibility that entry visas will no longer be available upon arrival at Bole Airport in Addis. We have checked with our in-country staff, with the state department and with the embassy in Addis, and there is no cause for concern. Entrance visas WILL continue to be available at Bole airport for arriving passengers.
IAN has recently been given an opportunity to work with a very special
little girl. Baby E was born at a hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia, with medical
needs beyond what any hospital in her region can handle.
IAN is honored to be entrusted with this special girl. Every effort is
being made to find Baby E an adoptive family. Until that family is found IAN is
committed to providing Baby E with the best possible care.
IAN’s commitment to Baby E is something to be taken seriously, including
the responsibility to protect her privacy. There are many IAN families who have
come to love her and want to follow along with her journey and to partner with
IAN in caring for her.
For this reason, there is now a running update specifically to share Baby
E’s story. It is on this website, however, is hidden from view without the
correct log in information. You will need to register to follow along. To
register simply send a request to:
An email will be sent to you with the instructions on how to log into
the website in order to view and follow Baby E’s story.
There is also a place created here for those of you who would like to
contribute to her care. Baby E will need extensive medical care, physical
therapy, travel support, and more. All donations to Baby E are fully tax
deductible, and will go directly to her care.
IAN was recently contacted by one of our Ethiopian orphanages with a unique opportunity to help a very special child. The child is not able to be adopted in-country based on severe special needs and physical deformity. The child’s issues may be correctable with surgery that is still being determined at this time with no final answer. The child may have long term medical needs. As this is a special case, there will be an extensive evaluation process for interested families. We will be looking for a home that will be able to provide for all the child’s needs. If you are interested in knowing more about this special child, please contact Casey at:
Please understand this is a very unique situation and IAN is attempting to assist this child in finding a home, however, please do not call concerning this child unless you are seriously considering a very unique child.
Thank you very much and let’s hope we can help this child to a “Forever Family!”
We are so happy to announce that our ‘AU’ has found his forever family! ‘AU’ is a 5 year old boy and has been waiting for his forever family since December 23, 2011. Congratulations to both the happy family and ‘AU’!
Today we celebrate a special referral acceptance. A wonderful family has been matched with a beautiful 3 month old baby boy, and this match occurs on the anniversary of this new Mom’s breast cancer diagnosis. We are so grateful to share this family’s joy in both a new baby and a healthy, healed mom.
List movement is below, and Happy Valentine’s Day to all!
-Infant girl: everyone after #15 moves one spot.
-Infant boy: everyone after #6 moves one spot.
Family time on the waiting list: One year, four months, nine days (with several weeks on hold).
Also, due to a family consolidating to one list, the waitlist is moving again!
Due to a last minute change in a families plans, IAN is requesting for a family to volunteer to come in this Saturday during our training class to speak with our new families about what they may encounter during the adoption process.
Congratulations to the family of 'OO' and 'AO' from the waiting child site! OO is a 3 year old boy and his brother, AO is a 6 1/2 year old boy who have been waiting for 4 months to find their forever home.