As many of you know, we’ve had some major life changes for 2013. There have been miles logged, boxes packed, and bitter sweet goodbyes said. We’ve experienced grace, mercy, and provisions in many ways. All in all, we are anticipating what the Lord has for the next chapter for our family.
We’ve received word that the wait time for our Ethiopia adoption is increasing and will likely continue to increase. When we began the paperwork chase/paper pregnancy we were told the waits were about 12-18 months. Now it’s 24-30 months but will likely soon be 36 months+. For those who have been asking and wondering the how and whys of this, let me try and explain a little. The agency we have chosen is one with a solid reputation to ensure that the children being adopted are indeed orphans. They make sure the child is “paper-ready”, meaning their paperwork is legit and ready to go before the judge in Ethiopia, prior to giving a family a referral to match their requests. As with any paperwork, this is time consuming and with records sometimes being spotty, it can take additional time and legwork. We are grateful that they are taking the time to make certain these children are orphans and don’t have family somewhere waiting and wanting to care for them.
Additionally, our agency has many families in the Ethiopia program. This is partly due to the “short wait time” for Ethiopia when the families started the process and partly due to the reputation of the agency attracting many families. There are anywhere up to 100 families waiting who are paper ready (Dossier completed and sent to Ethiopia) right now for a referral to Ethiopia. Some have been waiting since January 2011. So that means there are many families who have been waiting longer than we have and before we even submitted our paperwork last October.
While the news of increased wait times is disappointing, we know and trust the Lord’s timing. We rejoice that there are so many waiting and desiring to adopt! We pray as we wait He would continue to prepare us for the son or daughter He has for us and teach us to wait joyfully.