Easter Dinner and Adoption Touchpoints

Easter Dinner and Adoption Touchpoints

by Joy Casey  I am back in the capital city of Addis Ababa.  My work in the countryside is done and now I switch gears to a cosmopolitan atmosphere with all the trappings that go with a city of 5.5 million residents.  Bad roads defined the first week of travel,...
Best Practices for Orphan Care

Best Practices for Orphan Care

by Joy Casey Sweeping generalizations are problematic.  In my experience, there usually is not just one right way to do anything.  Therefore, when I heard about the world’s largest adoption agency making broad declarations of the best way to tackle our world’s orphan...
Off to a Great Start

Off to a Great Start

by Joy Casey in Ethiopia written 11/3/19 Jason and I had an uneventful flight, always a good thing.  We left Seattle at midnight for Chicago, then a 17-hour non-stop flight from Chicago to Addis Ababa, the capitol of Ethiopia.  Not only did we gain a day crossing a...
First Moms

First Moms

by Joy Casey in Ethiopia I greeted old friends today.  We traveled a road together that was bittersweet for both of us.  Each woman made a decision for their child that none of us would ever want to make.  I watched these mothers agonize over their inability to...
Snapshots for Birthfamilies

Snapshots for Birthfamilies

by Joy Casey Ethiopia has stopped allowing mothers or other family members to make an adoption plan for their children.  But prior to the ban, we had the privilege of facilitating a number of relinquished children for adoption.  I am committed to stay in touch with as...
Birth Family Talks

Birth Family Talks

“Am I like my Ethiopia mommy?” “Did my tummy mommy love me?” “Why didn’t she keep me?” These questions can pop up any time but birthdays and holidays are sometimes a trigger and provide a special opportunity to process the...