5/16/2017: An Ethiopia update from the US Department of State indicates that no new adoptions may take place at this time. Read full announcement
4/21/2017: On April 21, an official from Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women and Children (MOWA) informed U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa that it is suspending its processing of intercountry adoption cases, effective immediately. Read full annoucement
There are many agencies licensed to work in Ethiopia, and most do support or directly run the orphanages they work with. Over recent years, many children have joined US families from Ethiopia, including sibling groups, older children, toddlers and older infants.
Children Available for Adoption from Ethiopia: While there are younger children available, there is a great need for families who are open to adopting a sibling group, or a child over the age of 5 years. Families wishing to adopt a younger child will generally wait longer for a referral than those who are more flexible.
Parent Qualifications: Couples up to age 44 years may adopt from Ethiopia. There is some flexibility in age range of parents for those adopting special needs and older children. Families size (large families) is also flexible, though families with 5 or less children currently at home are preferred.
Single Applicants: Discuss with specific agency whether they are accepting singles.
Travel: Families will travel twice to Ethiopia, first to finalize the adoption with the Ethiopian court and second to process the child’s U.S. Visa and bring the child home. Each trip lasts approximately 5-10 days.
Timeline: It may take 18-24 months to complete an adoption from Ethiopia. There are several steps involved, and the timeline can vary greatly.