The Adoptive Family Unit

October 31st, 2012
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1122589_kids_in_nigeriaIt is amazing the amount of growth that African adoptions on the whole have seen. This comes at a time when transracial families have become accepted and people are better able to see outside of the box in regard to the adoptive family unit. I love this. There was a time that the only children that were adopted had similarities to their new parents. Now different is not only acceptable- in some circles it is good. When the times shifted in this direction, people who had a heart for the children of impoverished countries had a green light to act on their heartfelt desire- to save the children. Of course, those of you in the adoption world know that it is a lot… [more]

African Adoption Continues to Grow

September 30th, 2012
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1343139_world_map_4We continue to watch as African adoption grows and develops. Many of the countries within Africa are looking to regulate their adoption programs in order to meet the overwhelming response that they are receiving. This is an amazing time in the adoption world. There are so many children that need the stability and love that is found in the realms of adoption. The countries in Africa have been known to struggle with poverty and disease. The children are affected the worst in these types of situations. They are hungry, have little to no medical care and are often responsible for the care of many of their family members. This is just the tip of the problem. The cleanliness and sanitation of these… [more]

A Heart For African Adoption

August 30th, 2012
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1397374_wooden_heartAfrican adoption has taken major steps in recent years. These steps have opened up this nation to the adoptive community and prospective adoption parents are very interested. Recently, South Africa opened its doors to embrace intercountry adoption. This is a great step and will offer many children a chance. I love this. Yet, there are precautions that must be taken in order to protect yourself. If you looking to embark on the journey of adoption from another country. The first recommendation is probably the most important. Hire only reputable, approved agencies to complete the adoption. Though this may appear to be the pricey way to go- it is not something that should be shirked. I have heard of many people who deviated from… [more]

South Africa Makes Strides

July 30th, 2012
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855434_business_businessI am so excited about the great changes that are being made in the adoption programs out of Africa. African adoption is such a popular option for people of the United States yet it has been struggling under complaints of fraud and paper mishandling. This has made it difficult for prospective parents to commit to adoption from these countries. This is where the changes are so great. On June 6, 2012, the United State's Special Advisor for Children's Issues and the US Consulate General Johannesburg officials to confirm that South Africa was meeting its adoption goals. These goals are related to joining the Hague Convention. The South African Ministry of Social Development's Central Authority (SACA) confirmed that it has authorized two US adoption… [more]

A Heart For Africa

June 29th, 2012
Posted By: on Africa Adoption

1390217_love_in_the_sunsetI have been researching African adoption for both this blog and the Ethiopian one. This is a very busy area. The popularity of African adoption is on the rise. It seems to be gaining ground by the day. This is great news because the need is so very great. There are children in many areas that have no food, shelter or basic living necessities. Adoption can take care of the many needs that exist. Yet, it is difficult to complete an adoption from the African countries. There is a lot of unrest in the program that must be watched for. I said in the Ethiopian blog that there is little governmental control in place and a large amount of need. This can… [more]

Across Africa

May 6th, 2012
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204998_sierra_leone_village_and_markeI am going jump all over the board in this post because there are things that have happened in various areas. First, the good news! If any of you have been waiting for Sierra Leone to re-open, the day has come. On April 30, 2012, the government of Sierra Leone released a notification that they have re-opened their intercountry adoption program. This program has been closed since May, 2009. The notice states that the adoptions will take place under the old legal structure but new laws are being processed. Sierra Leone officials strongly encourage all prospective adoptive parents to read all of the laws governing adoption from this country in order to fully understand what is expected. The other news that I have… [more]

Good and Bad News in African Adoption

March 28th, 2012
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626357_water_funI have news! This is such an exciting time for my friends because they have been MATCHED and are going to get their 18 month old child very soon. I have blogged about them in the past. They are a neat couple who are adopting from Uganda. Just a couple weeks ago, I noticed an invite popped up on my Facebook. Sometimes I read them, sometimes I don't. I am so glad that I did. It was an invitation to a baby shower given in their honor. I love it. They already have five children at home but the people of their church and family wanted to celebrate with them- what a sweet gesture. I cannot wait until I can tell you that… [more]

Adopting From Africa

February 29th, 2012
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1372599_three_globesThe interest in African adoption continues to rise. Unfortunately, the underdeveloped adoption program is not capable of handling the increase. This is not meant to be a negative statement- just a true one. Most of the countries in Africa are seeing a rise in the number of applicants for intercountry adtopion. The most prominent being in Ethiopia (you can read about what is happening there in my Ethiopia blog.) The other countries within Africa get a smattering of people. These people must be prepared to wait 3-4 years in order to bring their adoption to completion. This is too difficult for many and they end up giving up and/or transferring to another country's program. The wait can be excruciating. I have friends who are… [more]

Wearing a Hole in Their Thumbs

January 29th, 2012
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1053952_next_srbAdoption from Africa is in a hard place right now and requires a lot of patience and understanding to get through. This is a fairly new development and is the result of fraudulent behavior that has occurred in the last few years. This is not a good sign for adoption from all countries in Africa. I recently talked with some friends of ours who are adopting from Uganda. They have been working toward a referral for over a year now. In the course of the conversation, I asked how the adoption was going. They replied, "They are wearing a hole in their thumbs." If you are like me, I didn't quite get it. I gave that unknowing look to my husband. He winked and… [more]

Announcement Concerning the Democratic Republic of Congo

December 30th, 2011
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736382_tella_the_amazing_As I race across the globe in the blogging sphere this morning, I am excited to arrive at Africa. This is one of the poorest continents in the world and home to many children who need a forever family. Most of the countries in Africa deal with poverty, hunger and disease. This is a terrible tragedy and the children suffer the most in these situations. There are times that it is difficult to look at pictures of the devastation that permeates this nation. This is where the growing adoption trend has made an incredible difference. When a child in an African country can be proven as abandoned or orphaned, they are often eligible for adoption. Adoption offers hope to the shattered lives of… [more]