Referrals have been a little slower this month. Ethiopia is a popular country to adopt from. With many country programs closing, on hold or with extended wait times, many families have migrated to the Ethiopia program. We had a large amount of families submit dossiers in July-October, so this has impacted the wait. Last summer we expected to receive referrals but got only a handful of them. So that held up the waiting list a bit.
The processing of the children’s paperwork prior to referral is taking longer. Also, there has been an increased number of agencies working in Ethiopia in comparison to a couple years ago when we were one of the few. There are newer agencies working in the southern region of Ethiopia as well, which is where our orphanages are located.
A couple years ago, there was a huge gap in international child welfare assistance. Now, there are more ongoing programs to help families stay in tact. To read about CHSFS humanitarian aid, please visit here: http://www.childrenshomeadopt.org/Ethiopia.html Families in process cannot financially support our programs, but I thought you would be interested to know what different programs we have.
We did sign a working agreement with another orphanage. However, currently they are undergoing a change in authority from MOLSA to MOWA. So this is causing delays in adoptions from that orphanage. I’m hoping once this change in authority happens, things will pick up and we’ll receive more referrals.