Ethiopia bans foreign adoptions

By: Bisola Bello January 11, 2018
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Ethiopia has banned the adoption of children by foreigners over fear of abuse and neglect by parents abroad.

In 2013, a US couple were convicted of killing an adopted Ethiopian girl.

That case triggered a debate about foreign adoption, the BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa says.

The adoption process in Ethiopia has also faced serious questions with rights groups saying that it was prone to abuse by human traffickers who saw it as lucrative market.

Celebrities like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie who recently separated are among those who have adopted children from Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is one of the biggest source countries for international adoptions by US citizens, accounting for about 20% of the total.

More than 15,000 Ethiopian children have been adopted in the US since 1999.Many are also taken to European countries such as Spain, France and Italy.

Culled from BBC




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