Thursday, August 20, 2009


Yesterday we passed court and Saturday, my Mom and I are leaving for ETHIOPIA! The Embassy appointment is on Aug 27th and I hope the decree and birth certificate are ready! This is an extremely tight deadline.
My coworkers donated a lot of things for me to bring to the orphanage! My friend Stacey also contributed items and helped me sort through a ton of Maia's old clothes to get ready for Miss Amara Danielle Selamawit Fisher!
I better start packing! lol

Saturday, July 11, 2009

New Court Date!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We have a new court date!!!!! July 28th!!! Wow, that is coming up FAST! I was so happy when Molly told me that I couldn't speak! I just couldn't stop crying happy tears. I was really starting to think that it would be Thanksgiving before we could bring her home. IF we pass court on July 28th, we will be traveling at the end of August to go get her!!!!!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

still delayed....

Yes, our court date has come and gone. We are still caught in the delay of abandonment cases. We don't know when the investigation will be finished and when they will start to hear these cases again. We are sad about it, but we want to make sure that everything is done ethically with all ET adoptions. We trust that she will come home when its time!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Probable court delay

We just found out that our court case will most likely be delayed. We are sad about the delay, but we are also glad that the government is investigating the spike in abandonment cases.
This is from our agency:

Rumor surrounding court outcomes for “Abandoned Children from Addis Ababa”:

We have received confirmation from BFAS-Ethiopia that the Ethiopian Court have been working to safe guard the Ethiopian Adoption Process. As of last week, a large group of children being processed in the courts for adoption finalization were listed as "abandoned". This prompted the courts to cease hearing cases involving children listed as "abandoned in Addis Ababa". The court is not failing these cases necessarily, it is simply investigating this issue right now. The court has so far not given any information as to how long this process will take. There is a possibility for some court dates to be delayed. Children abandoned in other areas of Ethiopia are still having their cases heard, as are children relinquished by family members and children orphaned for other reasons such as deaths of the mother and father.

This has affected some of our clients, as well as many clients with all other agencies that are processing Ethiopian Adoptions. Please understand that this is one of the “unknowns” we speak about throughout the FAQ’s and during your application process. BFAS is doing all that we can to remedy this situation for our clients that have children under this category. We have spoken to all families that have received referrals to this point, and updated them as to rather or not this will affect their particular adoption case. We ask that you pray for these families during this difficult time until a solution can be found. We will keep you as up to date as possible as this issue continues to develop.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

COURT DATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We have a court date! It's June 4th! This means that our adoption case will be heard in Ethiopia that day (unless it's cancelled or something). We do not have to be there for the court case.
If we pass court, they will give us an Embassy appointment. We will be travelling the week of our Embassy appointment. The 2 dates for embassy appts after June 4th are June 18th or July 2nd. I am guessing that we will probably get the July 2nd Embassy date. We won't know, though, until we pass court and they give us the date.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Second Care Package

We sent Amara her second care package. It's a cute pink sleeper and some socks with rattles on the toes.

BFAS Guesthouse

This is the BFAS guesthouse where we will stay when we go to Ethiopia.