Rumors have been swirling throughout the adoption community over about orphanage closures in Ethiopia. In August, the US State Department issued a statement confirming that Ethiopian government officials have closed several orphanages in the Southern Nations for unspecified reasons. According to officials in the Charities and Societies Agency office, which oversees the licensing and regulation of orphanages in Ethiopia, the children in the care of those facilities have already been transferred to other orphanages.
Ethiopian officials indicate that cases involving orphaned children from these facilities that are already pending with the Federal First Instance court will continue to move forward. The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is working closely with Ethiopian officials to determine if children from these facilities who were previously referred for adoption or matched with prospective adoptive parents will be allowed to continue in the adoption process.
Ethiopian adoptions were also in the news last March when the Government of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA) indicated it would reduce by 90 percent the number of adoption cases it processes per day to a maximum of five cases. As of June, the US State Department was still warning families adopting from Ethiopia to expect considerable delays in their adoption process.
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