9. December, 2010Uncategorized No comments

West Sands Adoptions is pleased to announce the opening of our new transitional home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The transitional home celebrated its grand opening on November 8th with decorations, streamers and cake. West Sands’ new transitional home will house children who are being adopted, and who have been moved out of their orphanage pending a court hearing and final adoption approval. Housing the children during this important transitional period will allow better care of the children with a lower caregiver-to-child ratio, less chance of being exposed to infections or disease, and closer access to medical care for children who do have medical needs. Caregivers in the transitional home are trained to prepare the children for their upcoming adoptions. West Sands staff at the new transitional home includes tutors who work with the children to learn English, two nurses, nannies for round-the-clock care, maids, cooks and guards. Because international adoption is not always viewed favorably by Ethiopian citizens, US adoptive families must be careful about public appearances with potential adoptive children in Ethiopia. To help alleviate this situation, West Sands’ transitional facility also includes accommodations for adoptive families where they may stay with their children and avoid the public spotlight when they travel to Ethiopia. West Sands is pleased with the care our Ethiopia staff provides both to children and their adoptive families.

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