Urgent Call to Action for Ethiopian Adoptions
Some of our family members, over at For This Child, have been in the process of adopting a child (or possibly children) from Ethiopia. I just read their latest post concerning some drastic changes in the adoption process and how the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Ethiopia is reducing intercountry adoptions by 90%.
Here is some information from a post by Tom DiFilipo, Executive Director of JCICS (Joint Council on International Children’s Services):
The Ministry’s plan, which calls for the processing of only five adoption cases per work day, will result not only in systemic and lasting damage to a large sector of social services, but will have an immediate impact on the lives and futures of children. Moving from over 4,000 adoptions per year to less than 500 will result in thousands of children languishing in under-regulated and poorly resourced institutions for years. For those children who are currently institutionalized and legally available for adoption, the Ministry’s plan will increase their time languishing in institutions for up to 7-years.
Please take the time to read more information over at For This Child, and I pray that your hearts would be moved to take action on behalf of all the orphans in Ethiopia (or anywhere else!) waiting …and waiting… and waiting…for a family.
You can SIGN A PETITION as well as spread the word through your blog, facebook, twitter, etc. If you have adopted from Ethiopia, you can also help by sending photos and stories of your adoption – there is more information on how to help near the end of their post.