Ethiopia outlaws adoption of its children by foreigners

Ethiopia outlaws adoption of its children by foreigners

Ethiopia has banned the adoption of children by foreigners amid concerns they face abuse and neglect overseas.

Worldwide adoptions from Ethiopia and elsewhere in Africa have been long-running but they seem to have gained popularity as major celebrities, including Hollywood and stars Mary-Louise Parker, Angelina Jolie and pop veteran Madonna adopted African children.

Foreigners hoping to adopt children from Africa will have to strike Ethiopia off their list.

However, in 2013, a USA couple were convicted of killing an adopted Ethiopian girl.

The ban came about amid outrage after Ethiopian girl Hana Williams was starved to death by a United States couple.

Politicians in the east African country say orphans and vulnerable youngsters should be cared for and protected through local support systems rather than risk uncertain futures overseas.

The adoption by people from foreign countries has often been a cause for debate, with Denmark banning adoption from the country for fears of child trafficking.

Between 1999 and 2016, there were more than 15,000 adoptions from Ethiopia to America, according to the US Department of State.

The bans on adoptions have adversely affected US-based adoption agencies which process thousands of adoption requests. Angelina Jolie adopted her daughter Zahara from the country in 2005 when the girl was only six months old.

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