Sunday, March 14, 2010

Rwanda setting up National Adoption Center

For those of you that are either in the process of adopting or wanting to adopt from Rwanda I had some exciting news to share with you. A couple of days ago on Thursday there was an article in the New Times newspaper here in Rwanda. It stated that they were opening a National Adoption Center here in Rwanda. I have been trying to download the article to share it with you, but I am having a hard time. If you google New Times newspaper in Rwanda you will find their site. You will first need to register to be able to look at past issues. After you register, go to the front page and do a search for orphanages. The title is about setting up the National Adoption Center.
While I have been here I have seen how swamped everyone is here. The Ministry is really behind and since right now there is only one orphanage adopting, the nuns are really busy. I have spoken to the nuns and a little at the Ministry's office. I know how busy they are and how behind they have been getting. I'll post more when we get home.
Please don't let me discourage any of waiting or wanting to adopt, I hope that the National Adoption Center will change many things. I see this as a very good thing. The Ministry is already in charge of so much and with the adoption center on its own, things should speed up. Please pass this along to anyone you know who might be interested in Rwanda.

I mainly wanted this post for those people who are waiting. While we waited for Zoe I craved any information I could find. I will also write more when we get to Kenya. I will keep trying to find out any further information or details I can find.
Zoe is doing really well. I will post about our last couple of days tomorrow. For those of you waiting don't give up. It has been crazy with employment changes, a large increase in adoptions and just even working with the slow time here in Africa. They are trying to make things work better. I didn't know when we would get here and we did. I still can't believe that we are here and she is sleeping right in our bed right now. It's awesome. You will get here. God has a plan for each child. Sometimes you just need to wait for yourself or your child to be ready.

Have a fabulous day!

7 comments:

Courtney said...

thanks so much for this info...and your words of encouragement! as we've been in this process...every time we have info from our agency it seems things are getting slower and slower...taking longer and longer...and it's hard not to get discouraged! we'll be waiting to hear what else you find out!!!

and zoe is PRECIOUS!

Laurie said...

Thank you for the information - I was just able search for adoption on the News Time site and saw the article you were referring to. There was another article/correction published on Saturday titled ERRATUM clarifying that the creation of a National Adoption Centre was inaccurate and instead they are "looking for ways of cordinating with foreign foster homes to follow up on Rwandan children that have been adopted by families in those countries."

Not sure if this link will work http://www.newtimes.co.rw/index.php?issue=14198&article=26877
You can look at that or just search for adoption and see both articles on the News Times site.

Just thought I'd pass on the information wish I knew what any of it meant - instead we'll trust God's perfect timing. Thank you for the News Time site too!.

Jamie said...

Hi Laurie
thanks for your comment. I read the article on Saturday but I guess I thought they were just trying to promote foster care and checking up on people after they adopted. But I have been so tired that I could have read it wrong.
I go to the orphanage and the ministry tomorrow. I'll see if I can find out some answers.
Thanks!

Jamie said...

Hi Laurie
thanks for your comment. I read the article on Saturday but I guess I thought they were just trying to promote foster care and checking up on people after they adopted. But I have been so tired that I could have read it wrong.
I go to the orphanage and the ministry tomorrow. I'll see if I can find out some answers.
Thanks!

Kimberly said...

Thanks so much for this, Jamie! We're early in the process and I hope and pray this is true. Hearing about more delays and things slowing down is discouraging. Please let us know anything else you find out!

It did my heart a lot of good to see you with Zoe! After not hearing anything for a while, it's good to see some families moving forward. Godspeed!

Laurie said...

Thanks Jamie - PLEASE know I am so thankful for the info, just confused when I saw the other article. If you get more information, great but more importantly focus on your amazing time w/ your daughter, resting up and bringing her home!

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