On March 4th, MOWA (Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women’s, Children’s and Youth Affairs) announced that they would be cutting inter-country adoptions by 90%.
What did that mean?? Well, before this announcement MOWA was reviewing around 50 inter-country adoptions a day and they would now only be reviewing 5 a day... pretty drastic cut.
What did that mean for us?? Right now we're waiting for a referral (or to be matched with a baby boy in Ethiopia). After that we're given a court date maybe a few months out from the time of referral. If this actually went into place it would likely take a year or longer just to get a court date... yuck! (but it doesn't slow down the referral process... are you with me?)
Many people felt that this was not in the best interest for these children, so petitions were signed, letters written and many conversations happened around this issue.
By the middle of the month we got news that just days after this was announced, the director of MOWA and several other staff members were terminated. (which seems like good news!)
There hasn't been another official update about where this is all going to end up, but we've been seeing a lot of court dates scheduled, so that's a good sign. Keep praying for these little babes. They're caught up in a huge mess and just need to come home!!