Monday, February 4, 2008

More Empty Crib Talk

Newsweek (Feb, 4) released an article that highlighted more of what all of us, that are adopting or have adopted, already know...it's getting pretty tight in the adoption arena. The article states that fewer international adoption are now taking place in the US dropping from 22,844 in 2004 to 19,411 last year but there are more people than ever that want to adopt. There are now so many rules put in place by countries and countries are even closing their programs. It makes perfect sense that the adoption rates would decrease. The interest hasn't declined it just takes way more perseverance to complete an international adoption these days. Countries such as Kenya, South Africa, China and Brazil have pretty strict guidelines which cuts many people out so they move to other (newer) countries like Ethiopia. Now, this has the BJezzes scared out of me because how much longer can it be before something happens to the Ethiopia program. We are running scared all the time already...be berry, berry careful. Get your ducks in a row...you never know!

4 comments:

haze said...

Despite my optimism for my adoption, I can't help but be scared about this too. And all it will take is one bad incident to close the doors. Nothing is for certain anymore.

ali said...

I agree. I am on the waiting list but it is very scary.

Craig & Cindy said...

True. Gladney, however, is opening a program for Rwanda soon I hear.

Anna said...

I had a long discussion with the head social worker at WHFC in Boston about this very thing yesterday. People entering into newer programs with newer agencies are especially at risk, but she felt there are no immediate actions being taken at this time. I think Ethiopia is just struggling to make some serious structual guidelines for all agencies working within their country.