Thursday, May 6, 2010

More on the 9 orphanages and the Oromia hold

Here are the locations of 7 of the 9 orphanages with revoked licenses, if this is of interest to anyone (as far as we can tell, the licenses have not been restored yet.)

Adera Child- located in Addis
Almaz- located in Nazareth/Adama (Misraq Shewa Zone of the Oromia region)
Biruh Zemen- located in Sebeta (Debub Mirab Shewa Zone of the Oromia region)
Help for the Needy- the branch located in Zeway/Ziway/Zway (Misraq Shewa Zone of the Oromia region)
Holy Savior- located in Wonji/Wenji (Misraq Shewa Zone of the Oromia region)
Kunket/Kunkeet- located in Addis
Tsega- located in Addis

*The only two that have been verified by an adoption agency are Biruh Zemen and Help for the Needy. The others are according to adoptive parents with children from those orphanages.

As you can see, several of the orphanages are in the same zone of the Oromia region. The Oromia region has been a problem area for adoptions for awhile now. According to PAPs from various agencies (these apply to Oromia region only):
-New adoption guidelines will be introduced after the May elections
-The regional MOWA office is closed
-Several orphanages are having licensing trouble, as seen above
-Paperwork is not being completed for some referred children, probably due to the MOWA office being closed

To read comments discussing the situation, see this post.