Yet another country announces its intentions to extremely limit international adoption… this time, it’s Ethiopia. This is in response to abuses in the system–not by all agencies, or even most agencies. Beginning March 10, 2011 they plan to reduce processing of adoptions by 90%.
A blog post by Joint Council on International Services illustrates the impact of such a slow down. Highlights are mine:
“The Ministry’s plan which calls for the processing of only five adoption cases per work day, will result not only in systemic and lasting damage to a large sector of social services, but will have an immediate impact on the lives and futures of children. Moving from over 4,000 adoptions per year to less than 500 will result in thousands of children languishing in under-regulated and poorly resourced institutions for years. For those children who are currently institutionalized and legally available for adoption, the Ministry’s plan will increase their time languishing in institutions for up to 7-years.”
Corrupt adoption practices are a terrible, and sometimes, even evil thing. Agencies who do not operate ethically should be stopped and punished. Instead, the most vulnerable individuals involved in adoption are the ones who truly pay the price–the children.
What will you do about this? It seems like a huge problem that we as individuals can’t touch. But if we all take small actions we CAN make a difference.
For today, please repost this on your blog, on your Facebook page or even forward the link to others in an email. It will only take a few moments but it raises awareness. Then, keep an eye out tomorrow for more ways you can help through JCICS’ campaign.