We got an update on the situation in Ethiopia from our agency a few days ago. I wish I could say that the update was really helpful, but unfortunately, it wasn’t. I know they’re telling us what they know; it’s just that they don’t know much for sure. I continue to appreciate the fact that our agency is not going to tell us anything they don’t know is 100% true. I have no need to be a part of the rumor mill in this particular situation.
We were told that there was a meeting in Ethiopia on Wednesday between the adoption agency network and MOWCYA (Ministry on Women’s, Children’s, and Youth Affairs). We know that MOWCYA is committed to processing all cases that are already in the system, i.e., where children have already been matched to adoptive parents. They appear to be trying to process those within the normal time frame. We also know that MOWCYA has not implemented the drastic cutback that it announced it was going to implement on March 10th. They continue to discuss their views on processing cases in the long-term, and it seems like there will certainly be some sort of slowdown in the meantime.
That’s all we know.
Craig and I continue to operate in wait-and-see mode. We don’t feel like we have enough information to fully process the situation and the possible implications. It seems pretty certain that our current expected timeframe will be extended. The question is by how much.
I have begun to get a bit alarmed that we are not more alarmed, if that makes any sense. From reading blogs and email lists and so on, it seems like many people are already working on implementing a Plan B. I have no idea what our back-up plan would be. (Have I mentioned that we thought this *was* our back-up plan?) I don’t even want to think about starting another process if we don’t have to. But are we being naive to think that we don’t need to be exploring other options?