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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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Friday, December 30, 2011

True change for Ethiopian adoptions?

Here is a recent article discussing the actions or lack of action on the part of the USCIS in ensuring ethical adoptions in Ethiopia. It is a good read.
While I disagree that they are doing nothing, I can certainly see how the more "animated" objectors would think so. Things take time, diplomacy, etc. I would do it differently, but I am not on the inside, I don't really know what they are or are not doing. I believe they are working. I have no choice but to wait and see and voice my opinion, when educated and not emotional, as opportunity arises.

In my opinion it would be a good idea for the process to work something like this:
  1. the government of ET would receive paperwork on children accepted at orphanages at one consolidated office for all children nationwide.
  2. then make sure each child is eligible for adoption,
  3. then submit the child's file to the government appointed office for adoption. 
  4. Then adoption agencies would be on a list for referrals from the government organization. They would receive the child's paperwork file when deemed adoptable by ET. (They would be on a list rated by their rating of ethics in adoption. The government would receive funds from adoption to cover costs, no extra. Agencies the same. Agencies work with ET government employes not orphanages. The in country coordinator works with the gov. and families when there.)
  5. Then, the US agencies would then present the child who is said to be available for adoption to the USCIS (BEFORE giving as a referal to a family)
  6. then the USCIS would investigate, say yse/no  we will/won't approve this child, 
  7. then referral for adoptable children goes out to waiting parents,
  8. then paperwork, court, embassy, home. 
Sure, longer waits to referrals, but the other side is great! Ethical adoptions, faster process after referral. Less waiting in the orphanage when the child knows they have a family coming. Better for all. Of course there are some care of children considerations needed to keep the children safe and well during such a wait, but that is another discussion.  Just my opinions. I hope they are working toward true change. I hope.

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