Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Teaching Adoption 101

We have been championing children in difficult circumstances for many years, and the goal at our newest orphanage in Ethiopia – Mana Gammachuu – is to find Christian Ethiopian families to give them permanent homes.  Several months ago, the first family interested in adopting came to the orphanage and lovingly met the baby girl they wanted to adopt.  


They have been busy getting a homestudy, criminal background checks, medical examinations and taking training, but it quickly became evident that the government offices in Shashemene did not have a clue how to process a domestic adoption and until training could be provided, adoptions would be at a standstill.


As a result of the generosity of one family in the United States who gave $1500 and another who gave $100, we had the funds necessary to conduct a workshop on September 7th and 8th for 38 people. These guests were from the Shashemene Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the city offices of finance and economic development, the Shashemene Woreda police station and attorney offices, as well as several representatives of local NGO’s.  The lead trainer was a judge from Addis Ababa.

Adopting children outside of family members is culturally rare in Ethiopia.  In conducting this training, we are encouraged that so many were interested in learning about domestic adoptions.  The questions were good, the presentation was informative and engaging, and we are optimistic that the government will now be an advocate for permanency for the children in Mana Gammachuu.

The other part of the training that is needed is to educate potential adoptive couples, much as we do here in the U.S..  We are partnering with Kidmia to prepare famiiles for adoption and we will be using their training materials for recruitment of Christian families in churches located in and around Shashemene and the churches we partner with in Addis.  The training will lay out the biblical philosophy of adoption and God’s heart for the orphan.  Practical help and resources will be given as well as a challenge to pick up the torch and give the orphans in their country a loving home.

Many of you join a growing concern for promoting in-country domestic adoptions as one way to address the huge orphan crisis in Ethiopia.  We are seeking those who want a way to support that effort.  Join us in providing adoption training for prospective adoptive parents in Ethiopia as one very tangible way to DO SOMETHING!  We're calling this effort "Passing the Torch" and we'd love to hear from you so we can make this training happen.  Contact us at:  


Jen said...

I just love this. SO MUCH! For almost four years, we have watched as YWAM Ethiopia has grown and changed in order to best meet the needs that are presented in Ethiopia. I am so thankful for the opportunity to partner with a ministry that truly gets it. We love you guys and are so grateful for the hard work you are doing for children and families in Ethiopia!

DeeAtGrace said...

This is so fantastic, and very encouraging. We are trying to promote local domestic adoption here in Bahir Dar and it has not been easy, so I am so encouraged to hear what you are already doing to make it work.
Well done YWAM.

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