Our agency has been very honest with families about the threat of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the corruption in the country due to extreme poverty, and the bumps in the road we can expect in a pilot program as they build relationships with orphanages and government officials. With still more than a year left in our process with a Congolese adoption, we decided a few weeks ago to switch to Lifeline's Ethiopia program. Lifeline is wonderful -- they have no program change fee and all the money we've paid them transfers to our new account in their Ethiopia program.
Congo was their only program where we could adopt two children both younger than our kids. So we'll likely only be adopting one from Ethiopia, otherwise they tell us that the second child would probably be more like 5-6 years old at least. It will take about 2 or 2.5 years before we can bring a little one home, so in the meantime (to make a long story short!) we're hoping to adopt a newborn domestically through a Christian crisis pregnancy clinic in Memphis called Life Choices.
It's a change of plans for sure, but we're excited and thankful that the Lord leads us at every step of the way. And we're keeping busy with lots of paperwork for an international and a domestic adoption!