We've been hearing rumors from others in the Ethiopian adoption circle. The grumblings sound grim and make our hearts ache at the news.
It's being reported that tomorrow, March 10th, Ethiopia will be cutting the adoptions being processed in the courts by 90%. Yes, you read that correctly, 90%. The number of adoptions being processed each day will drop from around 50 to 5 . Five!!! (It makes me tear up just typing this!)
While the reasoning behind this is to make sure that children are not being trafficked, it breaks the hearts of many who are already in the adoption process with reputable adoption agencies. Because, ultimately, it's the children it hurts the most. Orphans who will sit in an orphanage for even longer than they already should. All because of some people who care more about the change clinking around in their pocket, than the ethical responsibility to children. It's a problem in adoptions, no matter the country.
The fact of the matter is, the longer the process takes the older the children get...and sadly, risk never being adopted because they're older. It's a sad truth about adoption...one that even I am guilty of contributing to with my desire to adopt a child younger than Jonah. Ouch.
I'm so grateful for our adoption agency! While I feel I shouldn't share specific information I received in an email today, I know they are doing everything they possibly can to advocate for the changes not to happen. I'm praying that some of the things proposed in the email update are true and that quite possibly, the people who have put the cutbacks into place, really have no authority at all. But because it's another country, I have no idea how their government works or how decisions are made. So I wait and pray until I hear another update....
Will you join us in prayer for Ethiopia?
- Pray for the Ethiopian government that they will find a way to protect children from trafficking without sacrificing adoptions completely.
- Pray for the children waiting for families. There are over 5 million in Ethiopia...163 million orphans worldwide.
- Pray for the families in the adoption process for Ethiopia. The worries, the fears, the anger of waiting longer...
Know this, we have a surprising peace about this. Our God is sovereign. He reigns above good and evil. What we might see as another roadblock in our journey to adopt, He sees as aligning us with the child He has chosen for us.