About Mike Rusch

Based in Downtown Bentonville, Arkansas, Mike is the Chief Executive Officer at Pure Charity, a nonprofit dedicated to building world class technology solutions for Nonprofit Organizations, Individual Fundraising, and Community Advocacy.

Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors for Help One NowMercy House GlobalCanopy Northwest Arkansas99 Balloons@HopeMob, Laundry Love, and Serve Northwest Arkansas.  

Prior to Pure Charity, Mike worked for Nickelodeon, The Walt Disney Company, Hershey Foods, and served in the US Marine Corps. Mike is a husband of 22 years, father of 4, a lover of a great story, and never too far from a fly-fishing river.  

Waiting…a little news out of Ethiopia

Just a quick update…well, it’s really not an update as nothing has happened with the adoption process. No word on anything yet…other than a bit of news from the Ethiopian Government…

Adoption Alert - May 13, 2009

Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children’s Issues

Adoptions of Abandoned Children Halted by Ethiopian Court:
The Ethiopian First Instance Court has temporarily stopped accepting cases involving abandoned children from orphanages in Addis Ababa, citing concern over a recent increase in the number of abandoned children being brought for adoption. The number of abandoned children from orphanages in Addis Ababa has grown dramatically in recent months and Ethiopian authorities have become aware of possible cases of unethical practices associated with some of them.

Currently neither MOWA nor the First Instance Court are accepting any abandonment case from any orphanages in Addis Ababa pending an inquiry.

Please continue to monitor http://adoption.state.gov/country/ethiopia.html for updated information on Ethiopia.

My first reaction is that this is bad news because of how I think it affects us. “Oh great, this will slow everything down.” On one hand this is true because there are an estimated 5.4 million orphans in Ethiopia that may be affected in some way.

However, I believe this is also good news…unethical practices in adoption can’t be tolerated even one time. Imagine the horror to find out a child is adopted (unknown to the adopting parents) and that child should have never been put in a situation of adoption in the first place.

So, I’m glad the Ethiopian Government is making sure that the adoption of Ethiopian children is handled with the highest degree of seriousness and integrity.

No, we don’t want to wait any longer than needed, but we also don’t want any adoption to take place when the birth parent(s) haven’t made the choice of adoption being the best option for the care of their child.

No delays expected…

…From Ashes to Africa by Josh and Amy Bottomly