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
7500 E. Arapahoe Road
Centennial Co. 80112