Welcome IAN’s New Post Adoption Coordinator, Heaven

ሰላም Selam,

My name is Heaven Tesfaye, the Post-Adoption Coordinator at IAN. I am an Ethiopian native born and raised. I came to the United Stated when I was 15. For the past 13 years Colorado has been my home, granting me the opportunity to be well connected with the Ethiopian communities in the states. I can speak and write the Amharic language and have intermediate understanding of Tigrinia. I hold a BA in Psychology with an emphasis in child development. There is not a cause I am more passionate about than that of a child’s wellbeing.

This position is most humbling and is the fire that has been missing to ignite my soul. With my passion of helping children accompanied with the reference of my own personal journey and my connection ot the Ethiiopian communities across the states; I believe my unique position will give me the opportunity to better the lives of families.

   IAN strongly feels a strong post-adoption program is essential to the success of our families and believes there are many changes that need to take place; I am here to do just that. Moreover, I am here to be a helping hand that creates the bridge to help families thrive.    
   My plans for Colorado Families include: hair care classes, language classes, cultural classes, cooking classes, support groups…etc.     As a Colorado family, what resources would you like to see?   
   For our out of state families, I am well connected in the Ethiopian communities across the U.S. Please contact me if you would like me to connect your family with your local community.     Any families who are struggling with their adoption or any family considering    to dissolving their adoption, please contact me. IAN wants to be involved    to help you after you come home. Please do not hesitate to call me.    
   Lastly parents, I would like to create a FAQ and resource page to help all families after they come home. I hope you will help me create this. I ask that you email any questions you have (or had) in the process to help me with this list. Also, please send me any helpful resources that you think other families may benefit from.    
   Please email me your questions at     heaven@internationaladoptionnet.org   
  

Heaven Tesfaye
Post Adoption Coordinator
International Adoption Net
heaven@internationaladoptionnet.org
7500 E. Arapahoe Road
Centennial Co. 80112
303-691-0808

Happy Ethiopian New Year!

እንቁጣጣሽ Happy New Years Ethiopia!!

On September 11, 2014 Ethiopians will be celebrating one of the biggest holidays of the nation, New years! Also known as እንቁጣጣሽ (Enkutatash)! According to the Ethiopian calendar, the current year is 2006 which means in two days we will be dancing, eating, drinking to bring in the New Years of 2007.

This is the time when the entire Ethiopia is covered with the yellow flower called Adye abeba (yellow wild flowers). In my family this is how we celebrated new year’s.

The preparation begins 3days before, September 11. We get lamb and chicken which is traditional meat to sacrifice on holidays. The elder man usually my grandpa or dad blesses the meat before it is cut and prepared to cook. Then for two days the women of the house will cook with guidance from my mom. This processes is long do to my mom inviting to many people which included, family, friends, guests or random person who I don’t ever remember meeting before the holiday. All the cooking the cleaning out with the old and in with the new of everything is done on September 10.

On September 11 me and my siblings (mostly me-the youngest) wake up everyone to have them get ready for the day. After everyone is in their best traditional outfits, the women including my older sister prepare the table to eat. At this time the guests, families, friends and the random person are at my house. Then before we eat all the girls including my cousins start giving out the Adye Abeba to the elders for an exchange of blessings and candy money.

Then my grandpa gets everyone quite for him to bless the food for us to eat. Then eating, laughter, joy, prayer, blessing is over taken the room! After the fest, it is time for Buna (coffee) celebration. While the adults are drinking Buna, me and my cousins will be dancing to entertain the families, friends, and guests. Then in the afternoon, we go to another family’s house to repeat the celebration!