09 March 2011

the adoption

As some of you may know, our first choice of country to adopt from was Guatemala. Currently, Guatemala has suspended all inter-country adoptions.The country is in the process of implementing a new Hague compliant adoption law. Blah.
So, Ethiopia has our hearts right now.  We know that God has a plan for our adoption.
We don't think of Ethiopia as a second choice, but as a new choice :)
Which brings me to yesterday...
Yesterday, I received an email from our adoption agency stating that:

"The Ethiopian Ministry of Women's Affairs (MOWA) has announced a proposal to decrease the number of adoptions they will process and approve—even by as much as 90%. They are planning to accomplish this decrease by limiting the number of approved cases to only 5 per working day. This change is currently set to begin on March 10, 2011."

Not only is this bad news for Adam and I but can you even imagine all of the orphans in Ethiopia who will be without a family. 

The email also gave us ways that we can help and ways to spread the word.  Remember this decision isn't official yet.  They will be voting tomorrow.
Here are ways that you can help too!!

What You Can Do:
1) Sign the petition to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi – and pass it on!
2) Have you adopted from Ethiopia? Please send us up to 3 photos and 50 words or less with what you would like the Ministry to know about your child – we’ll compile the information and send a book to the Ministry of Woman’s Affairs. Send your photos and stories to advocate@jointcouncil.org bySunday, March 12, 2011 to be included. Please note that sending photos and stories gives Joint Council unrestricted right to use the information you provide.
3) Share…Please send this Call to Action to family members, other adoptive parents, and everyone you know! Post, forward and share your adoption stories via Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. 
Again, we know there is a plan for our adoption and that we have no control over a lot of the process.  I just ask that you pray for Ethiopia and us during this decision making time. 
Thank you so much!

1 comment:

  1. Good Luck! Im sure that it will all work out, your story has been so inspriring :]


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