24. August, 2012UncategorizedNo comments

Dear Adoptive Families,

As you may or may not be aware, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia passed away on Tuesday, and the citizens of this country are in mourning.  Although we don’t anticipate that much will change in the adoption world, it is important that we bring to your attention our concern of what effects this could have on the stability and safety of this country.  The U.S. has not issued any additional travel warnings at this time;  however, we feel it is best at this time to close our extended stay rooms and recommend all travel to be at a minimum.  Travel to extended regions will not be permitted by our Ethiopian Staff, and we encourage our guests to stay close to the Guest House while in country.

This is only a safety precaution and there has been NO INDICATION of any safety concerns.  To read the full article from the NY Times click here.
Please respect our Ethiopian staff as they mourn the death of their leader, and prepare for their future with new uncertainty.  May our prayers be with them.

Message from the U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa

10. August, 2012UncategorizedNo comments

Attention military families:

We have heard from several military families that they have had trouble enrolling their newly adopted children in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) and other military insurance programs because of questions about the authenticity of the children’s Ethiopian birth certificates. The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa can authenticate any birth certificate that carries the seal of the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Your authenticated document will have an attached cover sheet bearing the seal of the Department of State and the signature of a consular officer, and should therefore be acceptable to any federal or state agency in the U.S. There is a $50 charge per document for the authentication service, payable in dollars or Ethiopian birr. If you pay for the service at the time of your visa interview the authenticated documents will be prepared for pickup at the same time as your child’s visa.

For questions about this service please contact

For more information about submitting adoption cases to theU.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa click here.

Adoptive Parent Research Study

3. August, 2012UncategorizedNo comments

IRIS Educational Media Seeking Adoptive Families

The Education Center for Adoptive Parents Online (ECAPO) research study

Over the last two years, Adoption Mosaic and IRIS Educational Media (IRIS Ed) have been collaborating on  a new online parent training program, funded in part by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  The program addresses specialized topics such as; communication about adoption-related issues with extended family, the community and schools; understanding family formations including transitions and attachment; medical and psychological risk factors; and issues related to race, culture, and identity formation.

IRIS Ed in Eugene, OR is conducting an online research study with adoptive parents starting Fall 2012 and they need you!

The research activities include filling out three online questionnaires and exploring some online materials over the course of 12 weeks.  Your feedback will be used to refine the program after the study has concluded.

For your time and effort, you will receive $150 after completion of all questionnaires.

You need an email address and access to reliable high-speed internet in order to see if you are eligible and to participate in the study.  To find out if you are eligible, go to Enrollment is limited and ends March 2013.

Questions can be directed to Sherrie Bandy at or at 877-343-4747 x214

*The Education Center for Adoptive Parents Online (ECAPO) is separate from the Early Growth and Development Study. It is funded in part by grant 2R44HD056646-02A1 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

 Permission to post this information given by Sherrie Brandy