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Old 06-16-2007, 06:37 PM
 
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We are in the paperwork stage, and I would love to hear from any families who have adopted from Ethiopia.

Did you travel to get your child(ren) or did you choose the escort option?
Any thoughts/regrets about your travel or agency choice?

Thanks!
-2 teacher family
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Old 06-16-2007, 10:58 PM
 
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We are in the paperwork stage, and I would love to hear from any families who have adopted from Ethiopia.

Did you travel to get your child(ren) or did you choose the escort option?
Any thoughts/regrets about your travel or agency choice?

Thanks!
-2 teacher family
I haven't adopted but I wish you all the best in your efforts to add to your family!
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:32 AM
 
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Default Thanks, Irish Mom! :)

We're really excited about our decision. Adoption has been on our minds and in our hearts for a few years, and we're finally ready to proceed.

We're hoping to adopt siblings since they are available in Ethiopia. From a child's perspective, it might make the adoption experience a little less lonely, scary. That's our intent, anyway.
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Old 06-18-2007, 01:23 PM
 
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We're really excited about our decision. Adoption has been on our minds and in our hearts for a few years, and we're finally ready to proceed.

We're hoping to adopt siblings since they are available in Ethiopia. From a child's perspective, it might make the adoption experience a little less lonely, scary. That's our intent, anyway.
I think that sounds like a wonderful plan! Again best wishes to your family.
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Old 06-20-2007, 10:30 PM
 
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why not adopt children from right here in the usa? seems a bit selfish to adopt a child from a foreign country who knows nothing of our customs,culture,language or laws...it always gets to me when i see ppl adopt kids from foreign countries when there are far more children in the usa who need our help...
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Old 06-21-2007, 05:56 AM
 
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Default Did not ask for your approval

Reread my post. I came to this board seeking advice from anyone who had adopted from Ethiopia, not to get the approval of the general public.

Here's what you and others may not have considered:

A child in the United States has the right to thirteen years of free education.
Children in most countries around the world do not have access to public education.

The life expectancy rate in Ethiopia is 48 years. There are 5 million orphans due to the AIDS crisis. There are 200,000 homeless children in the capital city alone. Those who are strong enough to survive are targeted by child traffickers who sell them into servitude or prostitution.

What is selfish about adopting two sisters whose parents died?

It's my choice. Some people give birth, some people adopt, some people don't have kids. It's not your job to judge personal decisions.
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Old 06-21-2007, 05:59 AM
 
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why not adopt children from right here in the usa? seems a bit selfish to adopt a child from a foreign country who knows nothing of our customs,culture,language or laws...it always gets to me when i see ppl adopt kids from foreign countries when there are far more children in the usa who need our help...
**I don't know if it could be because America makes it more expensive to adopt the type of child that she wants and she can't afford all of that money up front but overseas is a bit cheaper

**I know that some people are trying to think of the children that need us the most....and America does try to take care of our children in need....other countries, and I have seen pictures, have really deplorable conditions in their orphanages because those countries are poorer than ours

**instead of saying that "it always gets you...", first I would just ask why, find out the reasons from many different people, and then decide whether to say that it gets you. Just my opinion.
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Old 06-27-2007, 08:40 PM
 
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Default Ethiopia Adoption

Hi, My husband and I are adopting from Ethiopia. We haven.t traveled as yet but have our referral and tentative travel date. We are happy with our adoption agency and there seem to be several great ones out there. Ours is " International Adoption Guides. I have also heard good things about Gladney adoption, CHCFS, Wide Horizons etc. There is a great need for adoptive families for Ethiopians and they seem to be such grateful, loving people. I wish you the very best.
Linda
referral of Juliana 3.5 year old on May 29, 2007
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Old 06-27-2007, 11:21 PM
 
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Does Ethiopia allow single mother adoptions? And what is the anticipated cost?
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Old 06-28-2007, 07:02 AM
 
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I grew up in Africa. I think it is selfish to NOT consider helping out "foreign" children. And did you consider that the US makes it very difficult to adopt? The birthmother has an entire year to yank the child away from you after you have had him/her for that long. This has happened to friends and ripped their hearts out. And it is MORE expensive to adopt from the US in many cases.

You really haven't done your homework and it was very cruel for you to come on here and say that it "gets" you than ANY child would be helped.

Besides, I doubt any young child even knows what the terms customs, culture or law even means.

Dawn

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why not adopt children from right here in the usa? seems a bit selfish to adopt a child from a foreign country who knows nothing of our customs,culture,language or laws...it always gets to me when i see ppl adopt kids from foreign countries when there are far more children in the usa who need our help...
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