19. August, 2014UncategorizedNo comments
Some of you know her some of you don’t. She’s one of the sweetest things to ever hit Kentucky, smart, beautiful, strong, talented (and did we mention a very gifted singer)! Feven was adopted last year and she is someone who has touched every heart here at West Sands Adoptions. As a waiting child you can imagine Feven’s road home was not easy. With a strong heart and will and an amazing family Feven has conquered challenges most of us will never know. Feven just had a birthday and received an amazing surprise that you won’t believe! THE Katy Perry brought Feven up on stage last Saturday live in concert, talk about a Teenage Dream!
We are so proud of you Feven! What an amazing girl you are! You’ve always been a celebrity here in our office now you are a bona fide rock star! You go girl!! You definitely deserved this awesome gift and experience. We love you Feven!
Everyone in Kentucky is talking about it and so far Feven and Katy Perry’s duet has hit the local news and radio. We borrowed the following article from WDRB.com:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Sixteen-year-old Feven Kruer of Shelbyville entered a contest before Katy Perry’s concert at the KFC YUM Center Saturday night open to anyone 16 years or older with a birthday in August.
Kruer won, and Perry’s team selected her to go on stage with the superstar.
Perry even told her that she loved her costume.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard from the Kruer family.
In 2013, we interviewed them about international adoptions. Feven was adopted from Ethiopia last year.
Her family says her teacher encouraged her to listen to American music to help learn English, and it was Katy Perry’s music that Feven started listening to.
She turns 17 on Friday.
Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All rights reserved.
link to original article: http://www.wdrb.com/story/26301508/shelbyville-teen-joins-katy-perry-on-stage
1. August, 2014UncategorizedNo comments
Welcome August 2014! In July 2 families received court dates and traveled to meet their children and 1 more family brought their child home! As you are all aware we are heading toward court closure this month. We know you are all anxious to receive a referral and wondering if this is possible with court closing. The answer is it is possible! Since the Regional and Local Governments in Ethiopia continue to work through rainy season there is still a chance referrals will come during the closure but those cases will take additional time to process. No official date of closure has been announced but we are anticipating closure to begin around mid-August and re-open in October. As we receive information we will update our blog with current information.
In July 2 children were matched with their forever families. 1 toddler (new referral) and 1 older child (waiting child – dual process). We also received a new referral for another healthy 12 year old boy whom we were not able to match this month. Please take a moment to read the current list of waiting children who are ready to be referred immediately.
Ethiopia Waiting Children
*4 year old boy – Paraplegia from waist down
*10 year old boy – Healthy
*11 year old boy – HIV+
*11 year old boy – Healthy
*12 year old boys (2) – Healthy
*13 year old boy – HIV+
*13 year old boy – Healthy
*15 year old girl & 10 year old boy – Healthy
*14 year old girl & 10 year old boy – Healthy
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about any of these waiting children please contact your caseworker. Keep in mind that families can pursue a waiting child and remain on the list for an infant referralthrough the Ethiopia Dual-Process Program. We are also offering a Dual-Program for families interested in pursuing our China Special Needs Program as they wait for a referral from Ethiopia.
There is a great need for families for the children who are currently approved and waiting in orphanages. Waiting children are children who we have receive referrals for but cannot match with current families. Waiting children tend to be over the age of 8, older child sibling groups, and children who have more severe special needs. We know this wait has been very difficult and each month adds to the stress and waiting. We also know there are currently children in process waiting for approval but what we don’t know is the timeframe. While we wait for infant referrals we will continue to advocate for the waiting children of Ethiopia and encourage each family to consider their options moving forward.
30. July, 2014UncategorizedNo comments
Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer and help support your child’s birth country? West Sands may have the perfect opportunity for you! We don’t have any dates set yet but are looking for individuals interested in traveling to Ethiopia and hope to arrange a mission trip in early 2015.
We have estimated the cost of hotel, transportation and accommodations for 5 days in country at $1,500 per couple + airfare and spending money. Additionally, we will ask you choose to make a donation of $100+ to the project of your choice.
TOTAL estimated cost of a 5 day trip for a couple with $100 donation to project of your choice:
$4,500 – $5,500
Families who would like to take a cultural tour can add 4 extra days to their trip and book a tour through Ally Travel. West Sands can work out the arrangements with Ally Travel to work out the best schedule for the group and those interested. Visit Ally Travel’s website to learn more: http://allytravel.wordpress.com/
Please email email@example.com with any questions!
22. July, 2014UncategorizedNo comments
The Department of State reminds adoption service providers (ASPs) and prospective adoptive parents that the entire PAIR process must be completed in every case BEFORE the adoption petition is filed at the Federal First Instance Court (FFIC) in Addis Ababa.
The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa notes that many ASPs instead file with the FFIC at the same time as filing the Form I-600 petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ National Benefits Center. It appears as though these ASPs aim to present the PAIR letter only at the final adoption hearing. Presentation of the PAIR letter at the final adoption hearing does not comply with the PAIR procedures agreed upon between the Governments of Ethiopia and the United States.
PAIR provides the Ethiopian Ministry of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA), as well as the prospective adoptive parents, information on the child’s likely eligibility for U.S. immigration prior to the adoption proceedings. When an adoption petition is filed with the FFIC, the dossier is immediately transferred to MOWCYA for its review of the child’s best-interests. MOWCYA is given a specific time frame to conduct this review and is obligated to provide its determination at the first adoption hearing. MOWCYA requires that the PAIR letter be present at the time of the filing with the FFIC. Dossiers that do not include PAIR letters at the time of FFIC filing risk rejection by MOWCYA at the best-interests determination hearing.
borrowed from: http://adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_alerts_notices.php?alert_notice_type=notices&alert_notice_file=ethiopia_26
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