Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Changes in Ethiopian Adoption...

International adoption is unpredictable and tricky. You have two different countries and hundreds of different agencies helping facilitate the adoption of children. It would be great to think that all children could stay with their biological families -- of course that would be ideal. But, in a country like Ethiopia, they just don't have a governmental support system to make that happen, and therefore there are literally millions of children who need homes.

Unfortunately, because of some isolated circumstances of corrupt practices, there is a movement by the Ministry of Woman's Affairs in Ethiopia to drastically cut the number of adoptions by 90%. OF COURSE, it makes me sick to think of unethical adoptions, but unfortunately, it would seem, that the outliers are affecting all other ethical adoptions. This drop in adoption would drastically affect the lives of countless children -- children like Maeve.

The Joint Council has launched an emergency campaign for the children of Ethiopia. Please sign this petition today. You can read more about the proposed changes and emergency campaign on this blog.

Thank you for your response. And, thank you for forwarding on this important action.

Addendum: I feel like I need to state that I would be okay with the slowing down of adoptions to ensure that all checks are done, so that every adoption that takes place is ethical. I just hope that these investigations wouldn't cause such a radical decrease in the rate of adoption -- there are so many families ready and willing to adopt a child who truly needs a new home. International adoptions raise difficult issues and there are usually no quick and easy answers.

3 comments:

Natalie said...

Thank you for this post....

Rosanne and Brian Carter said...

SIGNED...thanks for sharing this post. Hugs to you and Maeve!

Erin said...

The truly sad part is no quota will stop the filthy rotten scumbags who buy, sell, steal or coherce in the adoption "industry". All that will really do that is intense scrutiny and public stoning when they are caught (or other punishment as deemed appropriate). Sadly, the kids always pay, and so many will pay with their lives because they do not have time to waste waiting. My heart is so sad.