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Ethiopian adoption story

25 Oct

Adoption Delays for Bay Area Family

A Bay Area family is among dozens struggling to bring home their baby from Ethiopia. They say the U.S. government is to blame.

How is it the government’s fault?  Where is the agencies responsibility to their clients to ensure the child actually IS an orphan, and that all investigations to confirm that fact are done? 

The USCIS did a huge presentation on this April 6, 2011, and clearly identified the process of adoption before immigration clearance was a HUGE problem.  The problems were going on LONG before that presentation. 

The government has Alerts and Notices on their website going back to April 2010 about issues in Ethiopia – more than enough time for agencies to change their process…

Where is the prospective parents responsibility to educate themselves about the process, the concerns, the country before they begin the process?  The information from the government is right there waiting for them to read it in black and white.

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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Adoption, adoptive parents, Ethics

 

7 responses to “Ethiopian adoption story

  1. Dani

    October 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Oh, don’t get me started on this stupid news coverage!! I love how every photo and video of Ethiopia is nothing but starving people. And that line about “5 million homeless children”!! NOT!!!
    And I’m mad at the US Embassy too…. but because they have passed every case so far and are not slowing down enough of these cases!

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    • The adopted ones

      October 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      Sorry for the delay in approval – I was away caring for my mom – welcome – your comments will automatically post now.

      It sounds so much like Guat stories just insert different country name. Talk about a rock and a hard place for the government who has been incredibly vocal this time around. If the paperwork is wrong the immigration should not happen – too bad – the agencies are at fault for referring a child not legally available to be adopted.

      I have been reading the embassy documents on Finding Fernanda and it very clear.

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  2. T. Laurel Sulfate, Snarkurchin

    October 26, 2011 at 10:43 am

    It never ceases to boggle my mind that people who would not purchase a bottle of milk without doing a little homework first will throw up their hands and be ignorant when it comes to making one of the most important decisions of their lives.

    Some, I’m sure, do it out of sheer emotion. And some, I’m also sure, know this sort of thing might happen and proceed anyway, knowing they can brazen it out, they have the power, and the other side will blink first. Hell, that’s why some people “go international” in the first place, and some will happily admit it.

    Since both phenomena are referred to as “falling in love with” a photograph of a child halfway around the world or “wanting to save an orphan/grow one’s family,” and both take place only in people’s minds, it’s hard to verify who had good intentions and who had better intentions. I’ve decided to stop trying. Means shape ends, so I’m not giving anyone a pass in my head anymore. You should have known better. It was your business to educate yourself. Period.

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  3. shadowtheadoptee

    October 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    God bless America, where everything is the “governments” fault. In the words of the infamous Earl Pitts, “Wake up America!”

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  4. PaigeTurner

    October 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Hi! This is a terrific blog! I’m glad I found the TWO of you.

    The blaming that occurs when international adoptions from a country are slowed while they investigate unethical practices or are closed because of them has always puzzled me. We’ve seen it again and again, the flurry of letters generated to members of Congress in an attempt to influence countries like Vietnam and Guatemala. If the influx of children being imported to the US is slowed, it must be because of the influence of UNICEF or a terrible misunderstanding between nations. I’ve never understood the blinders that some people hoping to adopt wear in these instances.

    What do people think is going to happen when millions of dollars are being funneled into poor countries in order to adopt an “orphan”? Do they read about scandals in Nepal, China and Guatemala and refuse to think that maybe the 30, 40 or 50k they sent there might be adding to the problem of children be taken from loving families who did not want their child placed for adoption?

    It all makes me crazy. I think we should go Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!!!!!

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    • The adopted ones

      October 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      Hey Paige – very happy you found us here!!! I am the vocal one compared to Shadow. You will find many long time friends here!

      Kind regards…

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  5. Amy Burt

    November 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    It doesn’t help when you have adopters killing Ethiopian children either.

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