China Program Update

17. June, 2014Featured, UncategorizedNo comments

chinaDear Current and Potential China Adoptive Families,

 The first half of 2014 has been an exciting time for West Sands Adoptions’ China Special Needs Program! We have launched the China/Ethiopia Dual Program Option to allow families to pursue adoptions from both China and Ethiopia simultaneously, seen expeditious processing of I-800 immigration paperwork that shortens the time frame between formal referral acceptance and travel, and we have also been very fortunate in being able to match most families within 2 months of registering their documents with the CCCWA!

 We are also looking forward to the NCFA conference next week where we will have the opportunity to meet with the CCCWA’s new Director-General, Mr. Li Bo. We anticipate the NCFA conference to be very successful, and we are looking forward to sharing what we learn!

 Currently there are over 1700 waiting children available for adoption from China.

The average time frame to complete a special needs adoption from China is 12 to 18 months from start to finish, making it one of the quickest international programs available. Please contact our office for more information about our exemplary China Special Needs Program.

Help out!

12. June, 2014UncategorizedNo comments

West Sands is looking for donations to help support our in-country programs and projects. We’ve launched a Women’s Project in Adama that helps support single women in need of jobs. The Government has donated land to support this project. We have purchased cows and fencing and the women are working hard caring for, breeding, and milking the cattle to sell dairy products. The women are also learning a trade and how to manage their own business. This project helps women who have become impoverished rise from poverty to create a better life for their family. This project will give the opportunity to single mothers who cannot afford to care for their family, which in turn we hope will keep their families together. The Women’s Project currently employs 50 women, and we hope through your contributions to see that number grow. This program is a self sustaining program meaning as the women work and earn income a small amount of that revenue is brought to the project which allows additional women to enter.

Donate here: http://westsandsadoption.org/donate/





Universal Accreditation Act Update & Training

13. May, 2014UncategorizedNo comments

May 8, 2014

Universal Accreditation Act (UAA):  The Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues and the Department of Homeland Security’s US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will hold UAA Update and Training Sessions for Adoption Service Providers (ASPs) on May 20th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time and for Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs) on May 22nd, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

As announced in our notice of April 11, 2014, the Department and USCIS will provide UAA Update and Training sessions in anticipation of the UAA’s effective date of July 14th of this year.  Separate UAA Update and Training dates have been set aside for ASPs (May 20th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time) and PAPs (May 22nd at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time).  The Council on Accreditation, the national accrediting entity, will also participate in the training to discuss the impact of the UAA on accreditation/approval and what to do if things go wrong with supervised or other providers assisting the primary provider in an intercountry adoption case.

Topics for the UAA Update and Training include:

  • Grandfathering under the UAA;
  • Home study requirements;
  • UAA and the accreditation regulations;
  • What to do when things go wrong with domestic and foreign supervised providers;
  • Independent adoptions;
  • Primary provider rules;
  • What to do if part of the case occurred before the effective date and part after;
  • How to work in countries that do not permit U.S. accredited agencies to provide services there; and
  • Some country specific guidance.

We have drawn heavily on the questions submitted by both ASPs and PAPs for these meetings and will invite submission of additional questions during the Update and Training as time permits.

How to Join the Sessions: 

Session for Prospective Adoptive Parents: 

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 3:30 -5:00 p.m., Eastern Time
Dial-in information:  1-888-363-4749, Access code:  6276702#

Please join us for these UAA Update and Training Sessions.

No RSVP required.


borrowed from: http://adoption.state.gov/about_us/uaa_update_and_training_may_20_and_22_2014.php