Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Looking at the Bright Side....

As all of you know, the road to Ethiopian adoption has been a bumpy one for the last several weeks.  It has been heartbreaking for all of us as families waited and waited for approval to bring their adopted children home.  We have been promising to do everything in our power to adapt to the new regulations and to return the program to as close to the former time frame as possible - five weeks from court approval to Embassy submittal.

Ten families passed court, on their first appointment, on February 28.  All of those families have been submitted for their passports.  It is very possible they will be submitted to the Embassy next week - two and a half weeks after court approval. 

We didn't meet the former standard - we exceeded it. 

This may sound like bragging - and it is.  Our Ethiopian staff deserves all of this and so much more.  We are so fortunate to have such dedicated men and women working on our behalf. 

This is not to minimize the suffering for those whose road was not easy, nor is it a guarantee that the future will continue to be smooth sailing. 

But today, in this moment, a bright light to be grateful for and to celebrate!!

9 comments:

Kelley said...

Thank you for everything you do for us!

Charisa said...

Great job IAN staff!!

Jodi said...

That is so great to hear! Thank you IAN staff for working so hard to unite these families!!!

mcd said...

We are so happy for those February families, and hope the Christmas trip families can be brought up to speed as well now that we are 10 weeks past court!

connie said...

Celebrating and sharing this great news. Prayerfully hoping that this trend continues on. Keep up the good works you are doing IAN and staff.

Tina said...

BIG thanks to IAN staff for all the hard work done on all of our children's behalf! Hoping this new trend becomes then new norm!

Brandon and Blair said...

Wonderful news! And hoping like the rest of the families that this is going to be a more common occurrence.

Yael said...

Awesome news and thanks so much IAN staff!

Restless in Denver said...

It's so exciting to know that there has been such success with getting accurate documents more quickly and submitting them to the embassy. 10 months ago tomorrow we accepted a referral for an amazing 4 year old boy and we hope we can bring him home before we reach month 11! Thank you for working so hard on this.