August 11, 2008
During the week of August 4, 2008, Joint Council traveled to Ethiopia to further our ongoing dialogue with the Ethiopian government. During our advocacy trip, we communicated with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Network, U.S. Consular General and various Joint Council Member Organization Country Directors.
Joint Council presented the findings of our study on Family and Child Service in Ethiopia to the Ministries of Justice, Foreign Affairs and Women’s Affairs. The focus of the report was the extraordinary number of families and children served through the efforts of our Member Organizations. In 2007, over 250,000 families and children received services with less than 1,100 being served directly through intercountry adoption. This number is on tract to hit almost 700,000 in 2008.
Our ongoing communications with the Ethiopian government and other key stakeholders can only strengthen the legitimacy of those organizations providing children’s services including intercountry adoption.