For 8 months we have waiting with no referrals coming out of Ethiopia. 8 months of remaining at the exact same spot on the waiting list with no clear end in sight. 8 months of children living in orphanages with little hope of being matched with their forever families any time soon. 8 months of […]

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For 8 months we have waiting with no referrals coming out of Ethiopia. 8 months of remaining at the exact same spot on the waiting list with no clear end in sight. 8 months of children living in orphanages with little hope of being matched with their forever families any time soon. 8 months of knowing we were still following our calling yet feeling lost and alone. 8 months of friends announcing pregnancies and giving birth and baby showers and having to put a smile on when all I want to do is cry.

Well, after 8 months, we finally have an update. Referrals will begin again within the next 2-3 months!!!!!!!

There has been A LOT going on in country both politically and with adoption corruption. So, in order to protect these children, there have been several changes to the program. Some of those changes came from the U.S. side like with PAIR. Others have come from Ethiopia like additional steps and signatures. The latest – which starts today – is that before a child is eligible for international adoption, the orphanage must first exhaust all options to secure financial support for the child ‘and’ they must advertise the child for a minimum of 2 months within Ethiopia for a domestic adoption. They must prove that international adoption is truly the last – and best – option for the child.

I think most of these changes are great. I try to remember that my greatest gift has to come at a very very high cost and that it is a terrible loss for my child.

So, in this 8 month holding pattern, several children have already been made paper ready. With the new requirement, they will now have the option of finding a family in Ethiopia. If no family is found at that time they will be available for referral. So just 2-3 more months and we should start to see some movement again. I’ve waited this long surely I can hang on just a little longer.

Please keep in prayer:

  • that the process will smooth out and regain momentum
  • that the children will be cared for and protected
  • for our hearts, minds, and that we will be fully funded soon
  • for our child, that they will have peace and protection. That in their wait someone is able share the love of Jesus and will plant eternal seeds in them

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