I have mentioned here before that adoption is something that is very important to Josh and I. We are praying that if it’s God’s will that we will be bringing a baby of our own home from Ethiopia in the next couple of years. While we are not quite ready to start the adoption process (I need some time to adjust to parenting ONE baby), there are so many that are right in the midst of an adoption as I type this. Sadly, things may be changing over in Ethiopia and this will affect many families and MANY orphaned children. Here is a letter that was sent out from one of the agencies that we have been looking into, AllGodsChildren.org:
An Important Update
The Ethiopian Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA) has announced a proposal to decrease the number of adoptions they will process and approve—by as much as 90%. They are planning to accomplish this decrease by limiting the number of approved cases to only 5 per working day. This change is currently set to begin on March 10, 2011.
Please know that no one fully understands this proposal yet. Our staff, led by Almaz (in Ethiopia), are still sorting out what this could mean for each of the children and families that we work with. These children are their passion and they are working on the front lines in this advocacy. Also, this is not limited to AGCI. This will impact every agency and the families that each serve. This means that all agencies are working together in their advocacy making a very strong force that is working on the behalf of children and families. Currently, all agency staff are waiting for the Director of MOWA to return to Ethiopia. Once she returns they will have a chance to sit down and talk over the implications of this proposal.
To attempt to counteract this proposal, the Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS) has put a “Call to Action” in place. This sort of international advocacy is what JCICS does, and they do it well.
We are strongly encouraging you to read their post below and follow the suggested steps. You can also share this with your family, friends, Facebook friends and church to do the same. It is so important that we are all united in this effort! We are all advocates in our own circles of influence—and it is good to partner with you in this!
Thank you again for all that you are doing at this time. You are all valued and important in this process of promoting and preserving the best interest of children in Ethiopia and around the world.
Hollen FrazierExecutive Director
This could potentially be some very devastating news. My heart is hurting for these poor babies and children. We know God is in control of this situation, but right now prayer is going to be mighty powerful. If you are interested in helping out, please go here to sign a petition. They are hoping for 250,000 signatures.
To end here is a very powerful song from MercyMe, “Won’t You Be My Love.” Brings me to tears every time.