Special Additions merges with FTIA - FTIA info

Date: 2007-05-01
Source: FTIA website

unknown date ~ May 2007
Program Updates

by Samantha Brown

FTIA is pleased to announce the exciting changes that will be happening with our India program. On the home page of this newsletter, our Executive Director, Keith Wallace, announced that Special Additions, Inc. (SAI) is becoming part of the FTIA team. Through this process we will gain the expertise of SAI’s India coordinators and program. We will also be working with more orphanages in India.

Beth Peterson and Terry Menegay will now be working in FTIA’s India program. Beth has extensive India adoption knowledge & experience. Beth established SAI's India program in 1999. Prior to working with SAI, she founded ICHILD. Beth has four children. Her two daughters were both adopted from India. Beth will be India Program Senior Coordinator for FTIA.

Terry also has extensive knowledge and experience. She started doing volunteer work for SAI 12 years ago, and then served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee for SAI for many years, prior to joining the staff three years ago. Terry and her husband have three children, one biological, one adopted from Korea, and one adopted from Romania. Terry works as India Program Coordinator.

In addition to the new changes with the program, we are happy to announce that two families will be traveling to India in May to bring home their children. In March, we had two families return from India with their children. Both families are happy and the kids are doing great. Check out their smiling faces under "Little Miracles" for India in this newsletter.

With the acquisition of Special Additions (SAI) in May of 2007, we were able to begin working with additional partner agencies in India since SAI had a longer history in India than FTIA. As a result, we saw an increase in the number of Indian adoptions in 2007.

When FTIA took over the cases of Special Additions in May of 2007, FTIA became licensed in Kansas and Missouri. Most of the year was spent on assimilating our Kansas and Missouri office to FTIA procedures. In 2008, we will hold several informational meetings in the Kansas City areas of Kansas and Missouri.


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