Adopting a child from Ethiopia has become a more popular option, especially as other countries have either halted or slowed down international adoptions. Over 2,500 children were adopted from Ethiopia in 2010, fostering specific play groups and family groups for those with children adopted from Ethiopia.
Children adopted from Ethiopia are usually under four years old, with 38% being under the age of one year at the time of adoption. Sibling groups are also sometimes available. The approximate cost to adopt from Ethiopia is between $20,000 – $25,000, and the country is open to married couples who are no more than 40 years older than the child they are adopting. Adoption by single women is currently under review and gay and lesbian couples are not eligible.
Adoptions in Ethiopia are done through an office of the government under the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. There are only twenty U.S. adoption agencies that are approved to place children from Ethiopia. You can see the complete list of approved adoption agencies here: http://www.ethiopianembassy.org/PDF/ListofAdoptionAgenciesRegisteredinEthiopia.pdf
In March of 2011, the Ethiopian government announced that it would slow the approval process by approving only five adoptions per day. Prior to this, the process to adopt from Ethiopia usually took 10 – 12 months, but this change is expected to lengthen the wait time.
Post placement reports for Ethiopia are an important component, with reports required at three, six and twelve months after the adoption, and then annually until the child turns 18 years of age.
If you would like to get started on your dossier for an Ethiopian adoption, please contact us. Our agency is licensed to do home studies for all of the Ethiopian approved adoption agencies in the U.S.