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!
The solid tabs are links to my other blogs for books and family. Check them out if you are interested.
Welcome to the journey!


Welcome to The Wayfarer: Ethiopian Adoption Resource Blog.  I am going to guess that either you are a parent adopting a child internationally, most likely from Ethiopia, or you know me. :)  I am glad you found my page and I hope this blog will be a great source of information and links for useful things for you.  Well, I am hoping that this will be a resourceful blog for you in helping you to get the information you need.  When we were in process for our Ethiopian adoption in 2008 there was nothing out there.  I really had to dig and dig. So, I decided to blog as much as I could in one place.  I hope this blog will be helpful for you.  Please feel free to comment on any post with more helpful information that you come up with.  The more info we can get in one place the better it is for all adoptive parents who find themselves here in search of information.  And after you are home with your child, PLEASE be sure to come back and post some comments where you can. Posts on travel especially and your agency, if you would recommend them or not, the more info the better.  FYI I do screen all the comments before they are posted, but that is not to screen out you. It is because I got a ton of spammers and well, we don't really have room for that here, you know, it is not adoption related.  So, please DO post comments.  I want them.

How this blog works.
You can find information on here in a few ways.  First you can use the above word tabs to find posts on certain topics.  You can use the labels list on the right sidebar.  You can do a blog search.  Or you can just overwhelm yourself and read it from start to finish.  Anyway you choose to go, I hope it will be helpful.

A little about us.
We are blessed to call Colorado our home and love our semi rural life.  Being a native of the state and the area where we live is a rarity in this state and I am proud to have heritage here back more than 100 years. My husband and I have two beautiful, smart and creative daughters and two handsome, smart and curious sons. We adopted our sons in 2008 in Ethiopia.  Our situation was a bit different as the boys were 3 and 2 and were at the time waiting children.  Papers ready, no family on the list that fit them.  The boys are not biologically related, but did know each other.  They were in the orphanage for only 6 months.  While I read all I could, we had a high learning curve for a new type of parenting our first year home.  We have settled into a routine and feel like family now.  Much of this blog was brought about by the fact that there was NOTHING out there when we adopted and I really wanted to make finding information easy for others.  So, this blog has taken off in that direction.  Please share it with others.  Our life of Faith will color every thing here. I am a Christian, and while this is not one of your inspirational blogs, the information here, when on a personal note,  is bound to be touched by my Christian world view.  It's ok if you don't share that same world view, I hope you find this blog to be as useful for your needs too!

As far as my life goes, I am so thankful to be in relationship with the God who redeems that which is broken and makes it shine like the sun.  Because of Him, I am forever changed and my life will reflect his glory. 

Please let me know if links on this blog internally or to external sites are not working.  Also, let me know if you have found a good source of information on any of these topics or a new topic you think I should include.  As always, any more or new information you have on any of these topics, please comment in the comment section so others can know what you know too!

And, if you think this blog is useful, please put a link to it on your blog, on your forum, face book page, etc......You can do this just by posting a link or by putting my button on your blog side bar or web page.  You can link to this blog in the comment section too, that helps get this blog more searchable too.  I intend for this to be helpful to many, so you can help get the word out about it. Many of you have referred others to this blog already. Thanks! Keep it up. Please let me know how I can make it better!

Oh, and I have two other blogs.  If you are interested in books or our family, you can check out the rest of The Wayfarer on the solid tabs above.

Thanks for stopping by,

About our Adoption Journey:
posts from our process

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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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