This has been a hard post to write and even reflect back on. It has been a long and emotional journey that life has lead us on this past year. Thankful for God’s grace and mercy.
A little background on our story. While we were in the “waiting to be matched” phase of our domestic adoption, we decided to pursue international adoption through the Ethiopia program.
Please please take more than a few months doing your research on this or any international program. We were extremely naive in the fact that surely anyone working in this type of area has compassion, morals and high ethical standards toward the prospective adoptive parents, first families and children involved. That is not at all the case for our situation or in many other cases. It’s heartbreaking how often the vulnerability of first families, children and adoptive parents are taken advantage of. Hindsight is truly 20/20 in our situation and sadly left me with feelings of shame, guilt and sadness.
Here’s how we got here:
We received a call at the end of January from our agency that we received a referral for a precious 3 month old little boy in Ethiopia, named Abrahim. He stole our hearts through a picture!
But a week after we accepted the referral, our world fell apart. The agency out of Georgia that our agency in Indy used to complete their Ethiopia adoptions had charges brought against them. Charges brought by the U.S. department of Justice regarding fraud and various other things. Reading the full indictment was just a glimpse into the corruption that we have seen through this journey.
We waited months with very few answers along the way. There were moments of hope that seemed to slip away and overshadowed by more bad news. We had periods of not knowing Abrahim’s location followed by news that MOWA (the ministry that oversees all adoptions) was going to step in and help us. This is such a very small glimpse into the details of how things progressed over the last 10 months. I have never felt so much fear, hate or anger at a situation, but so thankful for my faith in God’s sovereignty and undeserving forgiveness.
In the end, we were unable to move forward because of the orphanage director. The director at Abrahim’s orphanage was unwilling to work with our new assigned adoption agency due to unethical financial reasons.
Currently, we have no “official” answer or closure to our case. All of us families (7 total) affected by this situation are assuming our children have been re-referred to new families and have been moved to a new agency’s transition home. If it is not God’s plan for us to bring home our children then we pray they all end up with new, happy, and healthy families.
If you could all say a prayer for peace and comfort in our hearts and for Abrahim, that he will be loved and well taken care of.
Although this is not the way we were hoping for this to turn out, we have been extremely blessed by some amazing new friends we’ve met along the way. Our hearts will be forever changed by this experience.
Part 3…how we have overcome heartbreak and are changing lives… http://satisfyingourwanderlust.com/beauty-from-ashes/
See Part 1 on domestic adoption here: http://satisfyingourwanderlust.com/everyone-has-a-storypart-1/