The adoption process is always a complicated one fraught with worry. A roller coaster ride that leaves you feeling a bit dizzy. One of the reasons we decided on Ethiopia was the fact that it was a stable program and pretty straight forward. This was two-three years ago mind you. Our adoption went very smooth, yet still caused me to obtain more than a few gray hairs!
Recently some changes have been made to the Ethiopian adoption process that have changed the program dramatically. I have tried to simplify some of the changes for you. Here is the link to the State Department for the entire message.
Starting May 9, 2010, At least one parent now has to appear at the court hearing for the finalization of the adoption. Before a representative of the agency could appear for you.
This change eliminates the possiblity for escorting your child home. A mandatory trip also increases costs dramatically for parents who were planning on traveling as they have to return for the embassy date a few weeks later. Increased time off work, another ticket, possible needs for childcare for the kids at home and a slew of other things that two trips can complicate.
So why the changes? I have read a lot of blogs and posts talking about one of the reasons is that a few parents have not taking their children home upon meeting them. This is an entire post itself! Also the increased complaints of unethical adoptions, relinquishments have caused several complications. Several orphanges have lost their licesnses as well and been shut down.
With all of these changes we will have to see how the numbers of adoptions in Ethiopia are effected. Ethiopia may loose some of it’s “popularity”. Time will tell.
I would love to know how the above changes have effected your Ethiopian adoption or the possiblity of you adopting from Ethiopia.
Photo Credit: Mandy W. 2010