The Future of Ethiopian Adoption-a request…

These children pictured below are all waiting…



When we arrived at the orphanage we really had no idea what to expect. The children had finished breakfast and some were inside peaking out to see what we were all about. It was only a matter of minutes and then little hands embraced mine. A few children brought members of our team inside to play , while others directed us to the open field where they tend to play. The children were so little, so sweet and so adorable. They wore uniforms that were generally too big and filled with holes and many of the kids had wounds or minor medical issues that pulled at my Mommy heartstrings. It took a few moments for me to steady myself, breath deep communicate with my son before digging in. They needed us, our attention and love!

I opened the bag of large potato sacks and let them go to town and they were so funny. They cared nothing about racing but instead it was all about making sure someone was watching them. Isn’t that what all children desire- a cheering audience?  They wanted lollipops, balloons and the paper airplanes Hayden was frantically making in the van. They wanted underdogs on the swing set and to see themselves in my camera. It was so much fun.

Our team had many exchanges with children who are waiting. We touched babies who lay awake in cribs, we held toddlers who captivated us with their little antics and we sat and listened to older kids who can articulate their own stories of tragic loss. They wait too for the system of adoption to work in their favor. Ethiopian adoption has been a thriving program throughout the last five years and many children have gone home to forever families who can raise them and provide them with stable lives. Throughout the last few weeks there have been rumors flying around about Ethiopian adoptions being reduced. Now our agency has confirmed our fears…

Will you please help. I am asking for your signature below and of course your prayers for the children waiting and the Ethiopian government.

This came from All God’s Children International and requires fast action:
“Over the last two weeks there have been many rumors, and then an official announcement, stating that the Ministry of Women’s Affairs has a plan to decrease the numbers of adoptions that are approved.  This proposal states that they have plans of only approving 5 adoptions a day—decreasing the number of approved adoptions by up to 90%.Really, there is no way to put into words the negative impact this would have on Ethiopian children, if it is to become a reality.  Of course we all wish that these children would remain in their birth family, but, under the current system there are not enough resources for these families to allow this to happen. The Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS) is asking all of us to step into our roles as advocates and to participate in this cause.  Below is a post from JCICS outlining what you can do…

Joint Council: Emergency Campaign for Ethiopian Children
What You Can Do:
1)      Sign the petition to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi – and pass it on!2)      Have you adopted from Ethiopia? Please send us up to 3 photos and 50 words or less with what you would like the Ministry to know about your child – we’ll compile the information and send a book to the Ministry of Woman’s Affairs.  Send your photos and stories to by Sunday, March 12, 2011 to be included.  Please note that sending photos and stories gives Joint Council unrestricted right to use the information you provide.3)      Share…Please send this Call to Action to family members, other adoptive parents, and everyone you know!  Post, forward and share your adoption stories via Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.  Make sure you include us in your posts so we can all hear your stories!  Here’s links to our pages: FacebookTwitterand our blog.4)      Stay informed: Get up-to-date information regarding the situation in Ethiopia by signing up to receive information from us:  click here to do so, make sure you choose “country and issues specific information” and “Ethiopia.”  And don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter and our blog!5)      Help ensure our advocacy can continue: Joint Council is a non-profit and receives no government funding.  Please join us in ensuring more children live in safe, permanent and loving families.  Donatetoday!
Please help! Please sign the petition and spread the word. Do something! Lives and hearts are a stake.

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