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!!