SPECIAL REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS - ETHIOPIA
The Ethiopian Adoption Program is a growing, stable program. The process is relatively affordable compared with adoptions in other countries.
There are very few agencies licensed to work in Ethiopia, and most do support or directly run the orphanages they work with. The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa or the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA) has a list of adoption agencies authorized to provide adoption services. If adoptions are attempted by outside means, the children will not be eligible to receive permission to exit the country.
The government office responsible for adoptions in Ethiopia is the Adoption Team in the Children and Youth Affairs Office (CYAO), which is under MOLSA. Private adoptions are permitted in Ethiopia, but discouraged by MOLSA because they take place under local adoption rules and may bypass the process and protections put in place by the Government of Ethiopia relating to international adoption. Americans who enter into private adoptions that bypass the CYFAD will not be able to take the child out of Ethiopia, and will not be able to obtain a U.S. immigrant visa.
The content of this course is based upon materials found on-line at UNICEF-Statistics, UNICEF-Background, CDC, U.S. Department of State, Report - AIDS in Ethiopia, Fourth Edition, October 2002 (Ministry of Health Disease Prevention and Control Department, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), and other internet sources