Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Reflections at 6 months

We've been officially waiting 6 months!
(and that doesn't include the 4 months of paperchasing). Realistically, it could be up to a year more until we are matched with our daughter. The current estimated wait time continues to be 12-18 months. That's a LONG wait. I can rationalize it until the cows come home....the boys will be older, Blake will be in preschool, the wait ultimately is what it's supposed to be and leads us to our daughter. Nonetheless, I am by nature an impatient person so it's not easy! I hereby dedicate these mileposts to all the good memories we've built during that time. So what's happened the last 6 months? A whole lot of good times!
  • Spencer turned 4!
  • Many trips to our family's beach cabin - building sand castles, digging in the sand, making forts, catching crabs, riding bikes, throwing rocks, campfires and s'mores ...endless fun for the boys and spending time with family and friends
  • A trip to the ocean - more of the above!
  • A visit from my sister who lives in Europe
  • Fun in the sun in Arizona
  • Visits to the Zoo
  • A trip to Portland to see family
  • Waterpark fun
  • Countless hours playing outside and having the best summer weather
  • Meeting new Ethiopian friends
  • Lots of fun with family and friends
  • Getting to see your children grow into remarkable little people who are happy and enthusiastic about life
So much to be thankful for...so much to cherish, today.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

An Amazing Family

The next time I think I'm busy, I'll think of this family....29 kids, many adopted from Ethiopia. Pretty cool they live in the Seattle-area too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIibuOo3Er4

Friday, September 18, 2009

Shining the light on unethical practices in Ethiopia

We have heard the horror stories about the child being taken from his/her family. Or the misrepresentation to the biological mother that she is simply sending her child off to America to receive a better education and her child will keep in touch and return some day. Or an adoptive family thinking they are the new parents of a healthy child only to find out once he is legally theirs they are facing serious medical concerns and the child faces a shortened lifespan. All of this has happened....and it's happening in Ethiopia. There was a recent broadcast by the Australian Broadcast Company questioning the ethics in Ethiopia intercountry adoption. I watched it and was horrified. It specifically called into question the practices of one specific, rather large agency working in Ethiopia. Even though the report did not portray any other agency, you could not watch it without wondering how extensive the concerns are. Possibly in response to the broadcast, JCICS, the Joint Council on International Children's Services, issued the following statement today: "Joint Council is well aware of the grave issues relating to intercountry adoption in Ethiopia. Earlier this week, Joint Council initiated an immediate assessment of any possible violations by Adoption Service Providers. Pending review Joint Council will issue a public statement. Any action taken by Joint Council, based on its findings, will be reported to the appropriate authorities." This is good news. The number of agencies working in Ethiopia has grown dramatically in the last few years. I remain hopeful that JCICS will shine a much-needed light on those that have no place pretending to serve the interests of children and families. All of this only reinforces the reasons why we chose Children's Home Society. They view adoption as a last resort and have programs in place to keep families together. If adoption is necessary, you can have confidence in their ability to ensure an ethical adoption occurs.