USCIS Teleconference Summary – Ethiopia

21. December, 2011UncategorizedNo comments

On November 30, 2011 USCIS held a teleconference addressing I-600 petitions filed at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  To review the notes and a summary of that teleconference click here.

National Adoption Day celebrated November 19th

13. December, 2011UncategorizedNo comments

We celebrated National Adoption Day on November 19th, 2011 by going to the park and meeting with other families that have been touched by adoption. We were featured in our local newspaper. How did you celebrate National Adoption Day?

West Sands Adoptions was excited to be part of the “Celebrating Families Through Adoption” event that took place Nov. 19 at Vernon Worthen Park in St. George.

“This is wonderful time to celebrate families and children who have been blessed by adoption,” said Kent Parke, executive director of West Sands Adoption International. “There were over 140 people who came to celebrate with us.”

West Sands places orphaned children from China, Ethiopia and the Congo with loving families in the area. Call 435-986-1617 for more information.

USCIS Stakeholder Meeting on Ethiopian Adoptions

7. December, 2011UncategorizedNo comments

The following has been posted on the USCIS website:


USCIS Stakeholder Meeting on Ethiopian Adoptions – Friday, December 9, 2011, 10:00 am Eastern Time


As a follow up to the October 28, 2011, Ethiopian Stakeholder call, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State would like to invite you to attend a stakeholder call on Friday, December 9, 2011, 10:00 am Eastern Time to discuss USCIS’ November trip to the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa to adjudicate “not clearly approvable” adoption petitions.


After the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, identified a number of adoption petitions (Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as Immediate Relative) that it determined were not clearly approvable (NCA), and thus, must be referred to USCIS for adjudication, USCIS dispatched a team of officers to go Addis to adjudicate the petitions. USCIS and the Department of State would like to discuss the results of the NCA Team’s trip, lessons learned, and the way forward for Ethiopian adoptions.


To Participate in the Session

Any interested parties may participate in this event by telephone. All participants must respond to this invitation. Please contact the USCIS Office of Public Engagement at by Thursday, December 8, 2011 referencing “Ethiopian Adoptions” in the subject line of your email.


Please also include your full name and the organization you represent in the body of the email.


To Join the Call

On the day of the engagement please use the information below to join the session by phone. We recommend calling in 10 minutes prior to the start of the teleconference.


Call-in Number: 1-800-779-1424

Overseas Toll Number: 1-630-395-0144

Passcode: Adoption