1 month down ??? to go until we meet our little ones! We're currently finishing up some grant applications and waiting on our I600A to get approved through US Immigration. Nate had a surprise surgery a week and a half ago and has been home recovering from that. We also have 10 little fur balls aka golden retriever puppies who are keeping us very busy! A lot of people have been asking us what they can specifically pray for. We are going to start a side bar on our blog that will list prayer requests we have as they arise. Here is a specific situtation that was just recently brought to our attention. As many of you heard, there is a possible change pending concerning the number of trips we would have to make for our adoption. Below is an email we received from our case worker that explains the whole issue very well. Please keep this in your prayers as we and many other adoptive families across the country await to hear any decision made.
We thought we'd share an Ethiopian adoption issue brought to our attention today. According to our Country Representative, Ato Zerihun, there is currently a discussion by the court system in Ethiopia whether or not to require adoptive parents to appear in person for the court hearings of their prospective children. This has the potential to make Ethiopia a two trip country; one trip for court and one trip for the Embassy appointment.
This discussion has been precipitated by the alarming number of cases being revoked – 43 thus far. We are attempting to get clarification on the exact nature of revocations, but assume those are dissolutions. The network of adoption agencies will meet with the president of the First Instance Court to discuss this proposed procedure. We do not have a date for this meeting as yet.
AT THIS TIME, this is only in the discussion stage and no changes have been made to the requirements. We just want to keep you informed as we learn more ourselves. As always, your prayers are requested regarding this potential development. There are obvious benefits to parents meeting their children before court, but it could be prohibitive for families who will find it difficult financially to make two trips overseas. We will keep you apprised of any additional developments as we hear of them.