Adoption journey

Over the past year, the Lord has been growing, teaching, and challenging our family in so many ways! We are responding to the Lord's leading and are expanding our family through the adoption of a precious baby!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Adoption Update: Dossier Complete!!!

Our journey of adopting a child from Ethiopia began this September. Our home study was complete in December, immigration in February and now our DOSSIER is COMPLETE!!! This is definitely an exciting milestone! We are finished with the bulk of the paperwork and are now in the time of waiting for our referral... could be a year of waiting. We have already been blessed beyond measure through this journey. The Lord is teaching us so much about His love for us (His adopted children), His provision, grace and perfect timing.

Last week was an emotional roller coaster for many reasons...we mailed out our dossier (with every important document that covers our entire life, and the biggest check I've ever written) only for the dossier to be LOST in the US (certified) mail for a day! Thankfully our dossier was found and delivered!! However, the biggest news in regard to adoption was the changes taking place in the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Ethiopia (MOWA is who processes ALL inter-country adoptions through Ethiopia). Basically adoptions are being cut by 90%. To read more about this, follow this link. 

In 2010, more than 2,500 Ethiopian children were adopted by American families. Should MOWA implement the recent directive as indicated, the number of adoptions from Ethiopia could fall as much as 90%, although the full impact of MOWA’s decision is unknown and cannot be predicted at this time.  

How can you help???
PRAY!!! Pray for the children in Ethiopia and for MOWA (that all would be cleared up and adoptions could proceed).
Also, PLEASE sign this petition to MOWA, by the Joint Council Emergency Campaign for Ethiopian Children.

Through all of the uncertainty of changes in Ethiopia, we are thankful for our Sovereign God who knows and holds the future! We are thankful for our friends and family who have prayed, encouraged, and supported us on our journey thus far!! Also thanks to Families Outreach, an orphan care foundation that also has a grant program for Christian adoptive families. We appreciate all of you!!


  1. Wow! Great news on the dossier! Congrats! I will be praying for the situation with the slow down in processing! I know we may not understand, but He isn't surprised by all this!

  2. So hard to hear all the Ethiopia adoption news...we are praying for all the families and children that are caught up in it. Keep your mind focused on the final goal and the designer of that goal!