So here goes…..
Earlier this morning we received word from our placing agency that a random opportunity had presented itself. The Assistant Minister of MOWCYA (the governmental agency in Ethiopia that oversees adoptions) is in the US and our agency was given the opportunity to meet with her today. I am so thankful for an agency who sees an opportunity and immediately puts someone on a plane to seize it. We received a message just as she boarded the plane asking us to pray for her and assuring us that she would be asking specifically about our cases.
Later this afternoon, we did receive confirmation that they had discussed our case and that she (the MOWCYA rep) seems to think we will get some news in the next couple of days.
What has happened, it seems, is that the Federal level decided to implement some new procedures; work that is done at the Regional level. And not only did they decide to change the process but they didn't just start with all new cases; they sent some cases (like ours) BACK. And basically what we have now is a standoff. Federal is saying "we want this done this way" and Regional is saying "we've already processed this case; we shouldn't have to do it again. (That's a really simplified version of what's going on, but pretty accurate). And just so you know, I'm siding with "Regional". ; )
When the MOWCYA rep says we will hear something in a few days, what she's implying (I think) is that we will hear who won the Federal/Regional battle and will know more about our process from here.
So, there you have it. Some not bad news.