I thought I’d start with Ethiopia because not many people know we do quite a few Ethiopia relative adoptions. Two families completed adoptions so far this year. One is in Ethiopia currently, working on their adoption decree, and their are eight families in process altogether.
Family leaving for Burundi next weekend to bring home their daughter! Another family awaiting final court decree. Another with I-800 n process. Two dossiers sent to Pierre this month. Waiting on potential referrals of a sibling group of three and a four yr old girl. Potential because we know they are candidates for being declared legally free but the Adoption Committee makes final assignments. We have nine families awaiting referrals, with two new dossiers in translation. Six more families are working on home studies or dossiers. Pierre made a recommendation to the Central Authority to get another staff person to concentrate on adoption. Both the Central Authority and the courts need more staffing to meet the needs of waiting children. Despite delays, Burundi remains one of the most pro-adoption and well organized countries in the international adoption arena, and has shown considerable effort at ensuring adoptions are corruption-free and in the best interest of children. Big thanks to families for their post adoption reports and donations!
Mexico is busy, with about half of the families adopting relatives. We have six families waiting for referrals or documents pertaining to the relative they are adopting, and five in the court process. Eight more families are in the home study or dossier stage of the process. Mexico is far more bureaucratic than Burundi. There are more steps in the process, more layers of administration, more regulatory complications, and slower courts. There are many children in shelters but few are legally free. The procedures to gain legal freedom for a child in a shelter are elaborate. Few DIF offices have adequate resources to work on many cases. Luis is in contact with the state DIF offices every couple weeks, requesting information about waiting children and advising them of our adoptive families. We expect three families to complete their adoption within a couple months, all non-relative orphan adoptions, from three different Mexico states–Coahuila, Sonora and Baja. It will definitely be time to celebrate!
ABC Infant Adoption
Tracy our birthmother counselor has been very busy, with three babies born and placed this past month, two birthmothers matched who are due this summer, and a new birthmother yet to match. We had one birthmother withdraw from the program but her family was matched with another baby, a beautiful little girl, in NV. Domestic adoption has many ups and downs but overall we have very happy outcomes!
Still waiting for our first family!
Still waiting for our new approval. Tatiana is in Kyrgyzstan right now.
Please let me know any questions. We are always happy to talk with you!