How to Use This Blog

A Wayfarer is a person who is traveling, a particular place, a circumstance, a stage of life, etc. Let's walk the road of adoption together. The journey is so much better with company!
Much of this information is useful for any adoption, but this blog is designed to be a
I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
You can search by topic in three ways. 1. Go to the "key word" tabs on top and open pages of links in those topics. 2. Use the "labels list" in the side bar or 3. use the "search bar" above the labels list. You can also browse the blog by month and year in the Posts section or in any of the above as well. The sidebar links are to sites outside of this blog. While I feel they provide good information, I can not vouch for each site with an approval rating. Use your own discernment for each. If you have more to add to the topic, please add it in the comment section of that page or post.
And, please link to The Wayfarer Adoption Blog by putting my button on
your blog so others can use this resource too. Please link to this blog when ever you can and whenever you re-post things (or images) you have found here. Thanks!
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Welcome to the journey!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Choosing an Agency

I am breaking up my original post of Ethiopian Adoption Resources so it is more easily searchable by content.  So this is the first of a few.

(In deciding on an agency you must be very careful. I used to have a few agencies listed here that passed my  inquisition and research mission. I have decided, that while MOST of them are still great, I will not post any agencies on this blog as recommended. So many have hidden stories and I can not uncover them all. There are others who do a great job of that. Please see the following sites and check out my other posts on choosing an agency.)

Check out the agency review web site and this site, adoption agency checklist for agency selection too. Also check the PEAR site (Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform) they have great info too.
Be sure to do a google search on any agency and the agency director/country coordinator's name(s) and the agency as well, 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. The most important thing to decide is if you feel comfortable with the level of ethics they have showed over the last 5 years. Be careful.

Other posts on this topic:
Other sites
Be careful
Questions to ask

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The content on The Wayfarer:Ethiopian Adoption Resource Blog is for informational purposes only. We are adoptive parents, but we are not professionals. The opinions and suggestions expressed here are not intended to replace professional evaluation or therapy, or to supersede your agency. We assume no responsibility in the decisions that families make for their children and families. There are many links on this blog. We believe these other sites have valuable information, but we do not necessarily share all of the opinions or positions represented by each site, nor have we fully researched every aspect of each link. Please keep this in mind when visiting the links from this page.
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