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!