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Old 07-12-2008, 07:14 PM   #51
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I'm not familiar with any Ethiopian adoption agencies that allow escorts. Mine doesn't for sure but none of the others we looked into allow it either.
Their website is old, but AFAA still states they do escorts to Ethiopia. Since I'm not aware that Ethiopia ever changed the requirements to make travel mandated, agencies now may be encouraging parents travel, but that doesn't mean escort isn't still possible.

Illien adoption's website is much more frequently updated, and their Ethiopian program has only been open about 2 years. According to them and dated for 2008, travel is encouraged but escort is still an option.

That's just the first 2 I checked, since I remembered they had actively utilized escort options a year ago.

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Old 07-13-2008, 03:32 PM   #52
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We (CC) have adopted 8 AA children and never have regretted it. We used to live in a very "white" community, but last year moved south to a more diverse community and we love it. It has been good for the children to have friends, teachers, doctors, church ppl that are good role models for them that share their ethnicity.

One of the first things AA women check out is my 6 girls' hair dos. They love it that I do all the hair and it seems to be a huge deal (which it is). My AA neighbor says she knows I love my kiddos by looking at their hair!

Placements for us were pretty fast, even the 2 babies we adopted last (one was 2 weeks after homestudy was done and one "fell" into our laps 10 months later). But, we did insist on AA adoptions after the first adoption (sibling group of 5) because we wanted all the kids at home to be "the same". Our 4 bios were grown up and out on their own then.
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:33 PM   #53
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This is a great thread. I'm new to DS and just wanted to intorduce myself. I'm Shrijnana, mom to Maia. She was born in Awassa, Ethiopia. Nice to meet all of you!
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great info mamas- we are so hoping to get to adopt but we know it will likely be a long rough journey as we have decided to go through the county training. We have always said we would love an ethnically diverse family and want to remain open to any child that comes our way. I know dh and I both are secretly hoping for an AA child but I know we don't want to be partial either and want to be open to what God has for our family. I have loved reading all of your thoughts on this!
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Old 07-18-2008, 10:08 PM   #55
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We are foster parents, and are just a few months away (hopefully) from adopting an absolutely precious AA baby girl. She's been with us since she was 1 month old, and she's about to turn one.

We plan on adding at least one more child to our family, and we'll do foster care until that happens--foster until a child needs a permanent placement.

I was clueless about hair--I have two older boys, who are 6 1/2 and 4, so I'd never had to do more than the occasional comb-through of hair. We have good friends and neighbors, though, who help me out. I think it's important to be in the culture, not just learning it all on my own from the internet . We live in a very diverse area, though (Bay Area, CA), so that helps. But I am someone who normally wants to do it myself, make my own decisions. I purposely seek out others, ask their opinion, and be part of the culture with our DD.

I think that came out wrong, after reading some more of the replies. There is nothing wrong with getting the info online! However, we live in an area where we are already in close relationship with others who already know what they're doing, and though it's hard for me (I'm independent), I challenge myself to ask questions and ask for help, rather than figure it out on my own. I hope that makes sense!
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Old 07-19-2008, 11:19 AM   #56
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I know dh and I both are secretly hoping for an AA child but I know we don't want to be partial either and want to be open to what God has for our family. I have loved reading all of your thoughts on this!
That was the case with us. Secretly hoping. I just was drawn to having a "diverse" family and it seemed God knew our heart and gave us what we had wanted! So, hope!
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Old 07-19-2008, 08:38 PM   #57
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That was the case with us. Secretly hoping. I just was drawn to having a "diverse" family and it seemed God knew our heart and gave us what we had wanted! So, hope!
The same was/is true for our family, too.
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We are currently fostering to adopt a girl who is half CC half AA. So far, even though we are in a very white, very conservative community, we've gotten nothing but positive comments.

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One of the first things AA women check out is my 6 girls' hair dos. They love it that I do all the hair and it seems to be a huge deal (which it is). My AA neighbor says she knows I love my kiddos by looking at their hair!
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I'd love to pick your brain. Luckily I've had long hair all of my life and know how to braid and twist, but I'd still love more ideas. FD has a head full of perfect ringlets, and I can't say I'm not a little jealous!
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