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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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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Another view on the MOWCYA slow down

A news article about the issues in Ethiopian adoption by an Ethiopian American. This is a good article and gives some view into the issues around adoption and the perception of Ethiopians in Ethiopia as well as some here in the US. I want to point out that the persons mentioned in the article as having concerns are those in the elite societies of the culture. This is the same report we heard when we were there in 2008.  Many, many others who we have met in that time, there and here, are more than supportive, seeing the problems. In most cases we are asked how our children came to be orphaned. They are always pleased that we adopted them. We have never felt anything other than support. For a culture who prides itself in it's young people as the future of the country, there would naturally be alarm at so many of them leaving and under questionable circumstances perceived by this group of concerned persons. I will agree with the article in the stance taken to suspend the authority of any agency found to have engaged in fraudulent practices regarding obtaining children for adoption. This must be stopped. The Ethiopian government has the right to pull the licenses of adoption agencies who are found to have been unethical in this way as well as to suspend the license of others while suspicions are investigated. Let's hope they do it and get it done quickly so children who are truly in need of a family can be given that very precious gift.
So, with that said. Go read this very very excellent article, expressing some real and legitimate concerns.


  1. Thank you so much for posting this. Such an insightful article.

    Although, I am trying to figure out why this post is titled "Another prospective MOWCYA slowdown"! When I saw the title, my heart sank, because I thought there might be news of a brand new slowdown?

  2. Perspective...... I will change it to be more clear. Thanks.


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