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And, It's Official

According to the US State Department...

Government of Ethiopia Plans Major Slow-Down in Adoption Processing

March 9, 2011

Citing the need to work on quality and focus on more important strategic issues, the Government of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA) will reduce to a maximum of five the number of adoption cases it processes per day, effective March 10, 2011. Under Ethiopian adoption procedures, MOWCYA approves every match between prospective adoptive parents and an Ethiopian child before that case can be forwarded for a court hearing. The U.S. Embassy is working with Ethiopian government officials and adoption agencies to learn more about this change in procedures. We will continue to share information as it becomes available.

Given MOWCYA's current caseload, the U.S. Embassy anticipates that this change could result in an overall decline in case processing of some 90 percent. If this change is implemented as proposed, we expect, that parents who have begun the process of adopting from Ethiopia but have not yet been matched with a child could experience significant delays. It is not clear if this change in procedures would have any significant impact on cases in which MOWCYA has already approved matches.

Prospective adoptive parents should remain in close contact with their adoption service provider to obtain updates on individual cases.


Rochelle said...

Oh wow... my heart just broke a bit for you guys. So sad to hear about this, but still trusting God to provide. He's always faithful, even when we can't see it. Keep standing firm upon Him, allowing Him to wipe away your tears, and remember that He's molding you both into who He wants you to be.

Hang in there. Romans 5:3-5

Rochelle said...

P.S. I thought this might encourage you too: http://www.strivingfor31.com/2011/03/why-card.html

thesloothaaks said...

We have been praying about this, and will continue to pray. So sad about the effect that it has on you and also the millions of children waiting for their forever homes.

Anonymous said...

Nothing is impossible with God.
We need to take hold of that promise and just keep asking God to
intervene and that His will be done
in Ethiopia on earth as it is in