Thursday, March 10, 2011

Adoption Update

I really don't have the words to express how I feel about all of this. I'm staying out of all the back-and-forth emails regarding this decision and just don't have anything positive to say right now.
I do believe that ALL things are possible through God. I do believe that everything is in His timing, like it or not.
I'm trying to focus on other things right now. Our fingerprints were one week ago tomorrow, so hopefully within the next 2 weeks we will get our approval letter from them and we can submit our dossier.
I just wish we would hear from our agency in regards to all of this! I know our wait will increase because of this decision, but by how much.... I need to know SOMEthing!!!

In the meantime, our family is traveling to Mansfield, TX this weekend for a baseball tournament that Blake has. Should be nice to get away from the norm.

Below is the "alert" posted on
Just prayer, that's what we need now!

Adoption Alert
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children’s Issues

Government of Ethiopia Plans Major Slow-Down in Adoption Processing

March 9, 2011

Citing the need to work on quality and focus on more important strategic issues, the Government of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA) will reduce to a maximum of five the number of adoption cases it processes per day, effective March 10, 2011. Under Ethiopian adoption procedures, MOWCYA approves every match between prospective adoptive parents and an Ethiopian child before that case can be forwarded for a court hearing. The U.S. Embassy is working with Ethiopian government officials and adoption agencies to learn more about this change in procedures. We will continue to share information as it becomes available.

Given MOWCYA's current caseload, the U.S. Embassy anticipates that this change could result in an overall decline in case processing of some 90 percent. If this change is implemented as proposed, we expect, that parents who have begun the process of adopting from Ethiopia but have not yet been matched with a child could experience significant delays. It is not clear if this change in procedures would have any significant impact on cases in which MOWCYA has already approved matches.

Prospective adoptive parents should remain in close contact with their adoption service provider to obtain updates on individual cases.

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