Urge to Action!

You may have heard that Ethiopian adoption is under serious attack and threat for future adoptions. Some sources are saying the Ethiopian government will slash international adoptions by 90%! This is unfathomable in a country where there are 5,000,000 [5 MILLION!] orphans. I know many of you have followed our journey for a long time...this isn't a statistic or disconnected global event. This is personal for us. We plead with you to join us in acting on behalf of those who do not have a voice. We have many friends who are currently in the adoption process, so our prayers and hands are called to ACT for our kids and other children desperately needing a home.

In the same breath, God is not surprised by this [temporary?] decision by the Ethiopian government. God is always and forever in control. He loves these children more than we do. He has created them to be in a loving home. Simultaneously, we know that we are his representatives to speak on their behalf and advocate for them. Please join us in acting for children like Judah and Addise...

Joint Council: Campaign for Ethiopian Children
What You Can Do:

1) SIGN the petition to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi – and pass it on!
http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43714.html. It takes less than 1 minute to fill out!

2) Have you adopted from Ethiopia? Please SEND up to 3 photos and 50 words or less with what you would like the Ministry to know about your child to advocate@jointcouncil.org by Sunday, March 12, 2011 to be included. Please note that sending photos and stories gives Joint Council unrestricted right to use the information you provide.

3) SHARE…Please send this Call to Action to family members, other adoptive parents, and everyone you know! Post, forward and share your adoption stories via Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.

Finally, we ask you to PRAY for government officials, wrongs to be made right, and mostly for the children and families directly involved.


April L. Diaz

April has been a visionary activist her entire life. She has made it her mission to lead high performing teams and develop leaders in the margins of society while caring for our bodies, mind, and spirit. Secretly, she’s a mix of a total girly girl and a tomboy, and is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent 3 fabulous kiddos and live in Orange County, CA.