I feel empty and can hardly begin to describe what's going on with Ethiopian adoption in articulate terms. A huge bomb was dropped without warning by MOWA (Ministry of Women's Affairs in Ethiopia) who stated two weeks ago that effective tomorrow they will only hear five cases per day instead of approximately forty. Nobody really knows exactly what's going on, mass hysteria has begun, and it's predicted that it could now take YEARS for adoptive families to bring their children home after getting a referral and the entire time children would be languishing in orphanages. It's not pretty.
There remains some optimism as some entities predict that this is a starting point for discussions with MOWA. Everyone is hoping that meetings scheduled for Friday will bring some clarity to the situation and relieve some of the uncertainty. In the meantime, it's a miserable, gut-wrenching place to be. I don't know where we're supposed to go from here.
A petition asking the Ethiopian government to reconsider how they go about adoption reform is available here.