Several people have asked what led us to Ethiopia and while there is no simple answer, I can tell you a lot of the reasons.
- I have always been drawn to Africa (except for the typical childhood prayers of “please don’t make me be a missionary in Africa” – which, of course, now seem silly)
- There are very few countries in Africa that are open to adoption by Americans. Ghana is one that we briefly looked into. There are a couple of others but they require longer trips/stays (or two trips) to pick up the kids that we didn’t feel were feasible with our other kids.
- We were really interested in adopting from Zambia who opened adoptions to the US some time back. But then it seemed that their gov’t was not really ready. Several families traveled to Zambia last summer to pick up children but then because of difficulties came home without their kids. I cannot imagine their heartbreak.
- I read the book There Is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue Her Country’s Children. It’s about an Ethiopian woman who opens her home to AIDS orphans. The book not only told her story but also gave a very detailed history of the AIDS and orphan crisis in Ethiopia. I highly recommend it to anyone considering adoption.
- Ethiopia is one of the less expensive countries to adopt from. It is still quite an expense but there are some countries that are double.
With all that said and done the thing that finally made us decide to adopt from Ethiopia was W-boy and B-girl. At the time that we found them, we were still unsettled, thinking about waiting to see what happened in Zambia, and in no particular hurry (okay, a little hurry :-).
But God sealed the deal for us and Ethiopia it is.