We were accepted into the Ethiopia adoption program with our agency 1 year ago and have now waited 4 months since our paperwork (dossier) has been in Ethiopia. On one hand it is hard to believe this adoption journey has already been going on for a year now but on the other hand, it does feel like a long time!
When we originally signed up with our agency, 4 months was the typical wait until you would receive a referral. While we would be THRILLED to see the face of our future child and learn all about him today, we are content in the wait. This past month we've seen several formal statements made from U.S. government and Ethiopian government regarding adoptions. Overall we are expecting "significant delays" but are unsure of what this really means. In our limited understanding, we know that both entities are trying to clean up the process to get rid of corruption-which is a really good thing. There was a recent statement that all cases filed before March 8th will be expedited (which we have seen happening and is so exciting for those families) but any case afterwards will expect a big delay. We do not have a "case" yet because we have not been matched with a child or submitted to court so that means we are on the further end of the delay.
We know God has His hand in this and His timing is not our own.
The following are words from our agency's blog:
" Even as this continues to unfold, we know that the Lord places the lonely in families, and that the enemy does not want to see this happen. Please pray that God will break down the strongholds set up against adoption, and that His Spirit will direct the decisions being made in the coming days and weeks in Ethiopia. Pray for all of the families and children affected by decisions being made and that they will experience God’s peace and comfort through this time.
“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3"