Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ethiopian Adoption Uncertainty

There has been a lot of talk in the adoptive community about rumors that Ethiopia will be severely reducing the number of international adoptions that it will allow to be processed. Apparently, the Ethiopian Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MOWA) has stated that they wish to reduce the number of recommendation letters (required for a successful adoption) that they write each day in order to provide greater attention to each individual case. Some have suggested that this action could decrease Ethiopian adoptions by up to 90 percent and significantly delay the adoption processes that do proceed. MOWA and court officials will be meeting this week in Ethiopia in order to discuss this issue.

Obviously, I care about international adoption. I think adoption can be a powerful, redemptive work in a broken, messy world. This blog post resonates with me because it looks at the current uncertainty from several angles, which I think is very important.

Will you join me in praying for the meetings in Ethiopia—that somehow God’s heart for orphans would be reflected in the decisions made there? Further, check out the Joint Council Emergency Campaign for Ethiopia at http://betheanswerforchildren.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/emergency-campaign-for-ethiopia/. This site details a few other practical ways you can offer support for adoption processes in Ethiopia in the midst of this time of uncertainty.

Our LORD, you will always rule,
but nations will vanish from the earth.
You listen to the longings of those who suffer.
You offer them hope, and you pay attention to their cries for help.
You defend orphans and everyone else in need,
so that no one on earth can terrify others again. (Psalm 10)

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