New Ethiopia Notice from DOS

June 2, 2011
Notice: Update on adoption case processing by MOWCYA in Ethiopia

The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia has received information from the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs indicating that processing of cases that received a court summons prior to March 8, 2011 is still ongoing. This exceeds their estimated 15-20 days to expeditiously process this caseload, as indicated in our April 5 notice. The Embassy also understands that processing of cases with court summons after March 8 is proceeding at 5 cases per day, and there is no indication that these numbers will increase in the short term.

Prospective Adoptive Parents and parents awaiting final approval of their match from the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs are cautioned to anticipate continued and considerable delays and are encouraged to remain in contact with their agency for updates to their case.
The Embassy's Adoptions Unit can be reached
Please continue to monitor for updated information as it becomes available.


What are PAP's watching?

I notice PAPs are encouraged to remain in contact with their agency for updates to their case, as if each and every adoption agency has complete knowledge about each unethical/illegal practice passing  through as 'legal' activity.

I think, as PAPs await news on their adoption-plan from Ethiopia, (or elsewhere, for that matter), they ought to read-up on other regions known for their popular and prolific ICA programs.  For instance, in one article, the question, "Why Ethiopia?" is asked.  The answer should NOT come as a surprise to those who are familiar with the international adoption industry.

This African nation has become the new “adoption destination,” for the same reasons that Guatemala originally became the popular choice for hopeful families. The system is relatively expedient; the children are typically young as demonstrated in the numerous websites of US agencies which highlight the fact that “Children from 3 months to 15 years of age are available for adoption. Children will be at least five months old when they come home with their adoptive parents” (All God’s Children International Website, 2010). The majority of the children sent abroad as adoptees are fairly healthy, and national oversight of foreign adoption agency practices is relatively lax thereby making the process user-friendly for families willing to pay approximately $20,000 USD for their adoption. This number, interestingly, is relatively inexpensive within intercountry adoption programs and agencies even use this as a selling point for potential adoptive families. One US-based agency states on their website that there are “lower costs as compared to other international adoption programs” (Adoption Associates Inc Website, 2010).

[From:  From Guatemala to Ethiopia, 2010 ]

I strongly encourage PAP/AP's to take the time to read-up on what's going on with Guatemalan adoptions, X years later.  Ask yourself, "What would I do if I were in a similar situation?"

You, the eager to be a great and wonderful parent to 'an orphan', may need to be better prepared... a few years from now.  After all, we adoptees love to learn all we can about our own adoption stories.

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