One of the main reasons we picked Ethiopia was the likelihood of contact with our children's family. Starting out, we understood that we were expected to work through our adoption agency. We planned and fretted about how we could get around that. It turned out to be easy - we just learned to ask for phone numbers in Amharic and got the kebele chief's number at our meeting with the family.
wasn't until much later that we realized just how many families have
ongoing contact, including phone calls and visits. Online groups are
full of talk of packages and searchers and trips. As I write this, two
families I know - one in real life, one online - are in Ethiopia
visiting family. Two more families I know will be there in April, when
we go. Five others have recently made this trip. Continued contact is
not only possible, it's common.
But so far I haven't
found anyone who has blogged about it. Obviously there would be many
parts of the trip that would be very personal and that anyone concerned
with their children's privacy would be reluctant to share. But there
would be other parts that would be about logistics and normal family
time, not that different from organizing a trip to visit a relative in
another state. I would love to find a blog that tells the story of a
Does anyone know any?