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All of us in the Ethiopian adoption process found out last week that the Ethiopian Ministry of Women's Affairs (MOWA) is going to start writing fewer letters for adoptive families.  These letters are necessary for an adoption to be completed- for families like us to have a court date and pass court.  They were writing about 50 letters a day and now they plan to write only 5 a day.  We don't know yet how long this will stay in effect.  We don't know if it is a political ploy to gain power or if it is a legitimate attempt to root out corruption.  Which does exist. 

We also don't know how this may affect our timeline.  It could certainly slow down the process for all of us.


This is the information we've received from AWAA:


As of today, MOWA has begun to write fewer recommendation letters each day for families in the court process. This is something we anticipate will continue over the next few weeks as the court, MOWA, and other entities meet to discuss MOWA’s desire to decrease the number of recommendation letters they write.   

We know many questions arise from difficult news, please be assured we will continue to inform you as further details unfold and will be in touch with your family directly as we have new information.


This news has caused quite a stir.  I have read a lot of interesting opinions and theories in the past few days and I wanted to share some of them here. 

Ethica on ethical adoption:
http://www.ethicanet.org/ethiopia-become-part-of-the-solution

Tom Davis:
http://blog.beliefnet.com/redletters/2011/03/ethiopia-adoption-cuts-rumors-human-rights.html

The Shubin Family Blog on Adoption Ethics:
http://thisshubinclan.blogspot.com/2011/03/adoption-ethics.html

The Farmer's Wife Tells All with Unsolicited Advice:
http://thefarmerswifetellsall.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-unsolicited-advice-to-all-adopting.html

Also, there is a petition that you can sign and spread.  This is a legitimate organization and petition (and you don't have to give your address).  
http://www.jointcouncil.org/joint-council-emergency-campaign-for-ethiopian-children/


 


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