What a fantastic morning to be blogging- it is one of those lazy mornings. I am snuggled up in my bed still. I have to say, “This is great!”
I have done some research on the state of the adoption program in Ethiopia and have found that once again there has been no change. This is such a heartbreak to many of the people who desire to find their child from this country. Things are simply not moving along quickly. I wish I wasn’t the bearer of bad news at every turn but unfortunately until Ethiopia can regain legal organization, this is how it will be.
I noticed that I had a comment on my last post about people moving from the program. I have heard that people are leaving the Ethiopia program and choosing to go another route to complete their adoption. They have found that their dossier is not moving at all and know that it could be many years before Ethiopia regains its footing and is able to process cases at their original rate. For those of you who are just joining us, Ethiopia has cut the number of cases handled by 90% to cut down on the large number of fraud cases that were reportedly occurring. Some have estimated that this could delay the many cases that are waiting by up to 7 years. I can surely understand why a delay of this magnitude would cause people to lose hope and chose to go another venue.
Having said all of that, I want to encourage those of you who have a heart for adoption from Ethiopia to hang in there. The need is so very great. The children in this country are innocent of all that is happening and continue to need the stability that adoption brings. I know that it is disheartening to hear about the delays but continue to focus on the children. There is precious little that has as much importance as the life of a child.
It is reported that the children that come from this area adapt well to being adopted. They react well to the geographical change and have good dispositions. There is a great amount of poverty and illness in this country. The children who are available for adoption have been touched by both of these human tragedies. I will continue to monitor the adoption situation from this country.
Ethiopia is open for adoption but has reduced their daily adoption processing by 90% since 2011. Ethiopia is not party to the Hague Convention.