Ethiopia bans foreign adoptions

By AFP

Cuban President Raul Castro (C) welcomes Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome Wirtu (R) at the Revolution Palace in Havana, on January 9, 2018. (Photo: AFP)

(AFP) – Ethiopia’s parliament has passed a law banning the adoption of Ethiopian children by foreigners, a government spokesman and diplomats told AFP on Wednesday.

The vote follows an April moratorium on foreign adoptions issued by Ethiopia’s government which led to the suspension of dozens of cases, including some of parents who had already completed the legal adoption process.

A spokesman for Ethiopia’s ministry of women, children and youth affairs confirmed the passing of the law on Tuesday without providing further details, but local media reports lauded the move claiming foreign adoptions have “opened a door for different crimes against minors.”

In 2013 an American couple were jailed for manslaughter for the death of their adoptive Ethiopian daughter two years earlier.

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

“We anticipate that the implementation of the policy change will be managed in a considerate and forthright manner and that families currently undertaking the adoption process are allowed to complete it in accordance with current policy,” said a US embassy spokesman.

Ethiopia is a popular source country for foreign adoptions, a costly process that can take years to complete. The US, for example, has adopted more than 5,500 Ethiopian children since 2011, according to embassy figures.

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

One diplomat said the new law marked “the end of an era”.

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3 comments

  1. How could Ethiopia's parliament ban foreign adoption. This is insanity. There are kids living such tough lives due to poverty and the government sees nothing else to ban but the adoption of these kids, denying them the opportunity to have a better life. They prefer these children staying in the poverty striken nation and suffer the way we see them on tv looking under-nourished, starved and surrounded by flies. This is really heart breaking and should never be permitted to become law. This just brings to mind the following line from Bob Marley. "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds". The oppression in africa really and truly continues. For a country like Ethiopia with one of the highest rates of poverty to establish such a law, is really unbelievable to say the least.

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    • Disbelief that you actually believe the 1980 media represenation of Ethiopia as a famine ravaged country comes close the the representation of modern Ethiopia. You need to emancipate yourself from mental slavery.
      Furthermore the government has every right to protect its citizens from percieved abuse

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    • Disbelief you actually belief the the 1980s media representation of Ethiopia as a famine ravaged actually comes close to the reality of contemporary Ethiopia. Time for you to Emancipate yourself fom mental slavery.

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