Ethiopia passes Bill banning Child Adoption by Foreigners

Ethiopia marks entry into a New Year

Ethiopia marks entry into a New Year

Ethiopia's parliament has passed legislation banning the adoption of children by foreigners, the BBC reported on Wednesday. Department officials have suggested the numbers could rise if the USA adoption community helped to address some countries' concerns about ethics and oversight.

Ethiopian children account for about 20% of those adopted internationally by people in the United States, reports BBC Africa.

Instead of letting foreigners adopt them, Ethiopia's parliament says vulnerable children should be catered to by state's children services.

Foreign diplomats in Addis Ababa said they hoped adoptions now underway would not be interrupted.

Celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are among those who have adopted children from the east African nation.


On Tuesday (9 January), the Ethiopian parliament approved legislation banning global adoptions. The couple were also found guilty of the assault of a younger boy they had adopted from Ethiopia.

We also gathered that the debate to end this menace started since 2011 and that the MPs have also called for the support of these children by local systems, to protect them from being abused overseas.

But many critics worry that child care centers will be overburdened, as there is not a widespread culture of adoption within Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is estimated to have the highest number of adoptions into U.S. families.

Several Western countries have suspended adoption from Ethiopia over concerns of corruption within the system and its susceptibility to human trafficking.

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