Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Court Travel Decision Made

As many of you know, today the adoption agency representatives and court officials in Ethiopia spent the entire day meeting and discussing the new requirement of having families present for their court appointment.

The court is standing by the original decision to require families to travel for court. This regulation will not begin until mid-May, 2010 in order to give as many families as possible the opportunity to submit their paperwork and court application.

Many of the details at this time are unknown because the meeting went until very late in Addis Ababa. We know there are many questions you may have, but we don’t have reliable answers yet. IAN’s executive director will be traveling to Addis Ababa next week to be our eyes and ears “on the ground” to continue our efforts to do everything we can to get answers as quickly as possible

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

1 comment:

Mary Margaret said...

Perhaps, depending on final context, IAN may be able to create a program in which families travel for the court date, but can arrange an escort for the child(ren) to travel home after the visa is arranged? That way adoptive families still have firsthand knowledge of their child(ren)'s birth country, but are only navigating the work-childcare-travel challenges once...just trying to think through any/all possibilities. Hard to stop thinking about all of it. I really do appreciate IAN's director going in-person to get a better sense of all of this. Thank you.