22. May, 2013UncategorizedNo comments
West Sands Adoptions has opened a fund for the Olsson family, who tragically lost their daughter a few days ago. All donations will be applied to their adoption account, and distributed to the family to help cover any additional costs they may have at this time. If you would like to donate to this family you can mail your payment to our office, or pay via the following link. Please memo Olsson Family Fund:
24. April, 2013UncategorizedNo comments
Please see the message from the US Embassy in Addis regarding the holiday closure. A list of the Embassy’s holidays can be found at: http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov/holidays.html
We were just informed that U.S. Embassy will be closed on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in observance of International Labor Day and will reopen for normal business on Thursday, May 2, 2013.
In addition, the Mission will close again on Friday, May 3, 2013, in observance of Ethiopian Good Friday and will reopen for normal business on Monday, May 6, 2013.
All agency’s whose intake falls on May 1st or May 3rd should submit their cases on Thursday, May 2nd.
We apologize for the late notice.
U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa
5. April, 2013UncategorizedNo comments
Dear Ethiopia Adoptive Families,
In light of recent discussions on Facebook as to whether or not families should retain a private investigator in Ethiopia to perform an Orphan Investigation of their child’s life history. We feel it is important for us to provide you with additional information on this topic, and hope to support you the best way possible through your adoption journey. Many families are being contacted by third party agency’s offering Orphan Status Verification Services with a promise that their case will be processed quicker at the Embassy stage.
We already provide this service for you. Isn’t that why you chose West Sands Adoptions as your placing agency? West Sands Adoptions has a full time Social Worker/ Investigator who verifies every child’d life history before the referral is given. Our Ethiopian team has done an amazing job representing WSA to be sure that the children we refer meet the Orphan Definition under Ethiopian and U.S. Immigration Law.
West Sands Adoptions wants our adoptive families to know that we will support your decision to retain an investigator if you feel necessary. However, we feel it is important for you to know that in almost all cases, this service is unnecessary. We also want parents to be aware that the reason many of these Agency’s are pushing families to retain their services at the beginning of the process is because it is rarely needed in the end. Of course, the U.S. Embassy is willing to receive any information that can be gathered, but that does not indicate that your case will be processed quicker. Some families have decided to retain an investigator and feel that it may have helped their case process more quickly, but in most cases we do not agree. We have yet to see a case where a private investigator has found more information than originally provided, rather their report has served as additional support to the information already provided.
During the course of your child’s adoption process if for any reason we become concerned, or feel that additional support is needed, we will advise adoptive families to retain immigration specific legal council. We will never leave you during the process, and will assist you until your child comes home. Be cautious of other adoptive families advise, and remember every child’s case is unique. We hope you find this information helpful, and encourage you to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.
Additionally, please read the following post from the U.S. State Department regarding Ethiostork: CLICK HERE to visit the State Department’s Site.
December 11, 2012
Notice: Status of EthioStork International Social Service Consultants
The Ethiopian Ministry of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs requested the Department of State provide clarification to U.S. families on the licensing of the organization, EthioStork International Social Service Consultants. The Ministry informed the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa that the organization EthioStork is not licensed to facilitate intercountry adoption by the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Charities and Societies Agency. The organization is licensed to provide consultancy services by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and social affairs counseling services by the Addis Ababa City Administration Trade and Industrial Development Bureau.
For additional information on agencies licensed in Ethiopia to provide services related to intercountry adoption, please refer to the List of Adoption Agencies Registered in Ethiopia on the website of Embassy of Ethiopia in Washington, D.C..
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