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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ethiopian Adoption Resouces

Here are some of my favorite resources for Ethiopian adoption and related sites:

You must read the book "There is no me without you" by Melissa Fay Green

Consider an older child or sibling group who are waiting for a family, the wait is shorter and the need is great.

agency review web site and this site, adoption agency checklist for agency selection too.
be sure to do a google search on any agency and the country coordinator's name and ask lots of questions. There is a yahoo group for the purpose of finding out about agencies, look into that too. I have posted a list of questions to ask on a few group sites. If you want my questions send me an email and I will send it to you. Decide what is important to you and use that as your guide.

Other sites with good info and adoption resources/also sponsoring children:
Adoption Health and Medecine
Orphan Doctor
Ethiopian Children And Orphans' Association
My Ethiopian Name - A Hosted Site
Sponsor a child from Ethiopia - Ethiopian Child Sponsorship
Welcome to The Ethiopian Children's Fund
Home Ethio-blended families
Adoption - Adoptive Families
AACASA Home, resource, names
Welcome To Simple Language for Adoptive Families!
Ethiopian Orphan Relief, Inc. Home
Adoption Country Specific Information
Adoption Resource Center of Connecticut - Welcome
Hope for Orphans
International Adoption Seminars - Commonwealth Adoptions International
Adoption Advocates International -very informative site
Adoption Today magazine
Coalition of Colorado Adoptive Families 

Books for kids:
Jane Kurtz Ethiopia Reads
Ethiopia Books
Ethiopian Books for Children
My Sister from Ethiopia by Kaylie Klotzbach (Book) in Children
Ethiopian Orphan Relief, Inc. Home

Resources on Ethiopian heritage and history:
NOVA A Walk to Beautiful PBS
EAHCS Ethiopian American Historical and Cultural Society
EthiopianHistory.Com A history of Ethiopia
Imperial Ethiopia - Ethiopia's Religions
CIA - The World Factbook
Ethiopia - History
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Home
circumcision female-Traditional Practices
Southern Ethiopia - Fascinating Tribal Cultures Photo Gallery by monique jansen at
OneWorld Magazine - Ethiopia, The Lost Ark of the Covenant
The Tesfa Foundation The hope of a community is the mind of a child

Resources for kids and families:
Welcome To The Colorado Heritage Camps, Inc., kids info & gifts
Amharic Kids - Home, kids stuff
Ethiopian Kids Community Home, kids stuff
Ethiopian Kids Playground, kids stuff
KidMia - Instilling the Ethiopian Heritage in Ethiopian-American Children, kids stuff
More than 75 Culture Camps and Heritage Tours - Adoptive Families

Financing Adoption:

Adoption Financing on Squidoo
Affording Adoption a list
Adoption Assistance - Cadman Foundation
adoption funding - adoption source mortgage adoption loans, credit based adoption loans
Adoption Fundraising - Raising Money to Pay for Adoption Costs and Expenses
Adoption Grant-Loan Application
Available Resources To Help Defray The Cost of Adoption
Gift of Adoption Fund
His Kids, Too! - A Christian Charity Impacting Ukrainian Orphans
Kingdom Kids Adoption Ministries - Home Page
Shaohannah's Hope
The Adoption Guide The Cost of Adoption
Ethiopia Adoption Blog, Ethiopia Adoption Blog - The cost of an adoption
Wiley, Morgan Parker Fund giving grants for international adoptions, out of date site but still funding.
Sea Of Faces Foundation grants for international adoptions
Both Hands Foundation
The ABBA fund
Lifesong for Orphans
Project Hopeful resources for families adopting HIV+ kids.
147 million
for more fundraising see separate blog post Affording Adoption

Travel information: Ethiopia Guest House
Addis Ababa Local Customs Tips by DAO -
Addis Kidan Guest House, Addis Ababa Ethiopia on Vimeo
Addiskidan Baptist Guest House
Beza International Church where we worshiped while we were in Addis Ababa
Immunizations, Health and Environment, El Paso County, CO
International Traveler’s Health Service at University of Colorado Hospital - University of Colorado Hospital
Port Angeles, WA - Welcome to Susan Parr Travel Agency Travel Agency Extraordinaire!!! Who we used and liked.
New Flower Guest House, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Guest House Extraordinaire!! Where we stayed
Passport Health Colorado, Denver Travel Shots, Colorado Immunization Services, Boulder Vaccinations, Malaria, Typhoid, Yellow Fever Vaccine, Travel Medicine, Global Travel Health

Attachment Disorder Nancy Thomas Parenting Reactive Attachment Disorder
"Attaching in Adoption" by Deborah Gray
This is an important topic. Read all you can while you are waiting for your child referral and court date.

Life Books:
Adoption Lifebooks
Heritage Makers
"Before You Were Mine" a great book on bringing God's story for your child into relationship with his physical story. On making a life book from a Christian perspective.

Resources for Adoption Paperwork:
Adoption Home Study Resources - 1-800-HomeStudy
Adoption Tax Credit - How to Claim the Adoption Credit
Colorado Bureau of Investigation
i-600instr.pdf (application-pdf Object)
Immigration Offices and Procedures in Colorado
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - Office Locator Office Detail
USCIS Home Page
ChildCitizenshipAct_022701.pdf (application-pdf Object)

Resources for Paperwork after you are home:
PostAdoptPaperwork.pdf (application-pdf Object)
Child Citizenship Act Program Update
USCIS Home Page
Special Requirements for Children Under Age 16
Application for a Social Security Card
New Rules For Getting A Social Security Number And Card
Colorado State Judicial Branch - Self Help - Forms

Hope this helps!


  1. Delighted that I found your site, fantastic info. I will bookmark and try to visit more frequently.

  2. I would like to suggest a link that could be added in a topic relating Ethiopian history.

    The link is


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