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4.04.2011

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Guess what I found out today? We're "unofficially" number 9 on the list for an infant boy! I almost cried when I saw that number. I've been on spring break this past week and haven't checked my email or my yahoo group information in about a week. When I looked at it today, we had moved 4 spaces last week alone. You'll probably remember that when I looked at this list back in October we were 17th. A week ago we were 13th, so the math is pretty easy on this one... almost 6 months to move 4 spaces and then 4 spaces within a week (actually it all happened within one day)- can you believe it?! I'm so thankful and starting to feel like there may be an end in sight!

I also have been meaning to update on the MOWA situation that I posted about earlier. Thankfully, there have been some really good things happening within Ethiopia and within MOWA (now MOWCYA) and within our agency in the past month. Many families are passing through court, getting referrals, and bringing their children home. We still anticipate some kind of delay, but most likely it won't be as bad as originally thought.  

We got this update a couple of weeks ago from our agency:
Within MOWA, there have been significant and positive personnel changes which have resulted in overall staff turnover and changes in the adoption unit. This unit is now called the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA). We are hopeful and expectant that the new leadership will not only support processing an adequate number of favorable recommendation letters, but also implement policies that will best serve the children. Due to the staffing changes, we anticipate much transition over the next few weeks. However, we expect that once everyone is settled into their new positions, MOWCYA will work to process a higher number of recommendation letters than they currently are able to process. We have continued to receive optimistic feedback and have seen how the Ethiopian government is very committed to adoption.
Feeling thankful today and cautiously optimistic that it may not be too much longer until we can go get our little boy... the one I wonder about and pray for almost daily.

10 comments:

Our Ethiopian Adoption Journey said...

Great to hear! Hope you had a good Spring Break!

Heidi said...

Great news! Hopefully the next 4 spots go just as fast.

Hillary said...

Such great news and what an encouraging letter regarding the future for MOWCYA!

Just out of curiosity, did you request a boy or is that the gender that is most often adopted at a young age from Ethiopia?

Rachel Jones said...

what great news!!!!

don and sara said...

Hillary,
We requested a boy, mainly because the wait time is shorter for boys than it is for girls.

Chad, Kim and Kassidy De Jager said...

Yay, Yay, Yay!! Praying that the next 9 spots go just as quickly!!

Corrie and Phil said...

Terrific News! Hope things are starting to turn around for your waiting process. :)

jdb said...

Good news!! I got something for your little guy last week. I can't wait to give it to you...but I'm waiting until your referral. :)

Annie Leppin said...

Great news!!

Dona said...

We keep praying, bless the Lord, the other day i heard the song "hoping Praying, etc. and my heart immediately went to you and asked the Lord for the open doors. love you.
A. Dona