International Adoption: Poor Children in Africa, Ethiopia

Husband Darrin and I feel strongly about adopting a child from a war-torn or poverty-stricken country, such as Ethiopia or Somalia. The HIV/AIDS pandemic continues to devastate communities, large and small, throughout Africa. Nowhere is the outcome of the pandemic more evident than among Africa’s children, 12 million of who have lost their parents to the disease.

In Ethiopia alone, it’s estimated that there are more than 250,000 children living with HIV/AIDS and an astonishing 4.6 million children living as orphans as a result of the AIDS crisis.

Grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbors caring for orphaned children are supported in their efforts, receiving regular supplies of nutritious food, water, clothing and other necessities. This support is critical to the health of children and the success of the program. In nearly every case, caregivers themselves are barely able to survive, even before the orphaned children join the household.

My family does not want to wait  2 to 3 years for a baby who needs us now. After a few agency interviews, I now realize that  international adoption agencies must weed out the half-baked folks, the ones who might change their minds. The immigration and governmental visas etc. certainly take months too. But what about all of those displaced neglected African children right now?

We all know a friend or acquaintance that has waited several years for their beautiful kid — how long have you waited?

I know one family who waited just over two years, and another family who waited closer to four for a female newborn in Asia. Here’s a helpful note. Of the many moms I interview, all tell me the first adoption is the hardest and longest and most vigorous process.

The good news? Adoption Number 2 is a breeze because all your approved paperwork will be permanently on file. Doesn’t help the millions of families looking to adopt for the first time though.

Do you have any tips of pushing up your adoption? Tell me everything in Comments and I’ll get back to you!

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