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I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Adoption news and information

Ok, you have all head the rumors. Ethiopia is reducing adoptions and will only hear 5 cases a day instead of 40. If you have been around long enough you will have lived through several of these types of announcements. You will know it is not time to panic -yet, but time to pray for the officials and the decisions. It is typical for Ethiopia to issue statements of things they are considering, and to make it sound like it is a done deal. It could happen and it could change. Both things have happened so often that I personally am hesitant to take this sort of thing to heart too quickly. Wait and see is more my speed. As of yet none of the reliable ETHIOPIA Adoption news sources have issued anything on this statement including the Department of State..... .still waiting to see what comes up. Of course, notices and alerts have been put up plenty in the past just to be taken down again. So, again, wait and see. Pray not panic.
Sure there is need for reform and they are working on it. I was encouraged by the reports given in February regarding the meeting (in January) with Ethiopia regarding adoption reform and continuation. See that post here.
None of this limiting adoptions so drastically was mentioned. The thought is that this may be a way of saying that they need more hands to do the job and are working on that. We would all agree with that. Who knows, a speculation.
So instead of panicking, it has not yet been confirmed, pray and ask your agency if they have heard of this. Then wait and pray. We will know more in a few days what is the meaning and purpose. Keep your eye on the State Dept. for official news as well as PEAREthica, JCICS, Current News for Ethiopian Adoptions.  Right now none of them have posted anything and if it is true, they WILL.


  1. Jill thanks so much for putting a little perspective on things:)...I tend to think the worst...but I appreciate your challenge to PRAY not panic:)!

  2. One agency is posting this:
    I have read the recent Voice Of America article regarding changes in how the Ministry of Womens Affairs (MOWA) will be processing adoption cases in Ethiopia. I have been in direct contact with my in country representative about the possible changes occurring at MOWA. According to our in country staff, MOWA has posted that they will limit their processing to five adoption cases per day, starting on March 10th. We do not know if this is a permanent change, or how it will affect our current and future families, if at all. Our in country representative is planning to meet with a member of MOWA to gather more information in the coming week. I want to encourage families not to worry, as we do not, as of yet, know the possible ramifications of this change

    I happen to really trust this agency. It sounds like MOWA is working on getting the help they need and this is what it takes. I bet they get it worked out in a few months if not sooner.


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