Just when I reported no news.....I heard back from an AW employee ( I actually spoke with her on the phone) with some answers....not all questions are answered, but some were, for which I am very grateful.
First of all,
-There are a total of around 130 families in the Ethiopia program through America World
-There are 35 families with dossier's in Ethiopia (families currently waiting for a child)
-On average, 2 dossiers per week go to Ethiopia.
No concrete answers were given on when the current set of families could expect to travel, or when the second set of families would receive their court dates, or why this was taking longer than usual.
Time estimations are still in check for referrals, as the wait should be no longer than 6 months once dossier is in Ethiopia
Also, from court date to travel date is supposed to take no longer than 3-5 weeks.
An exact time frame was not given for referral to court date, but no more than 1 court date should occur in most cases, though things happen from time to time.
I think I feel somewhat better now about what is going on, though I know that it isn't much consolation for the families waiting for their children.
I do feel assured that AW is working as hard as they can for us, and that we can trust them as our representatives.