No More Adoption of Children by Foreigners, Ethiopian Parliament rules!


The Ethiopian parliament on Tuesday approved legislation banning global child adoptions in the horn of Africa nation.

Last May, US Department of State issued a statement relating to Ethiopia's suspension of adoptions urging its citizens to remain calm and follow the right channels concerning pending inter-country adoption in Ethiopia.

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

Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are among the thousands of Americans who have adopted children from Ethiopia. They adopted their second daughter, Zahara, from an orphanage in Addis Ababa in 2005.

The state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate quoted a legal affairs official at the legislative body, Petros Woldesenbet, as saying the ban on foreign adoptions will "help alleviate the identity and psychological problems of children".

On Tuesday (9 January), the Ethiopian parliament approved legislation banning global adoptions.

A jury found Larry Williams, of Sedro-Woolley, guilty of first-degree manslaughter, while his wife, Carri Williams, was found guilty of homicide by abuse as well as manslaughter.

Human rights campaigners have long argued that the adoption system in Ethiopia could easily be infiltrated and manipulated by child traffickers. Some lawmakers in Ethiopia, however, questioned the availability of proper adoption facilities in the country before the law was passed.

However, some MPs raised concerns that there were insufficient services to cater for vulnerable children. Denmark also outlawed all adoptions from Ethiopia in 2016.