Our Work in Ethiopia
Bethany Global's office in the city of Addis Ababa partners with local organizations and churches in a variety of ways to serve orphans, vulnerable children, and families in need. Our family preservation and family strengthening programs help prevent parents from abandoning or relinquishing their children to institutional care. Our in-country foster care program is designed to help remove children from orphanages and place them with loving foster families, who may eventually adopt them. We are committed to providing a continuum of care for Ethiopia’s most vulnerable children.
Download a report on Bethany's family preservation and child welfare work in Ethiopia.
Meet the Children
The children who are eligible for adoption have been living in institutional care and range in age from 7 years and older. Boys, girls, and siblings (rare) may be adopted, but there is a greater need for families to adopt older boys. Parents may request the gender of the child. Many children in the Ethiopian Adoption program have identified special placement needs, HIV, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, or severe developmental disabilities that could require lifelong care.
Adoption from Ethiopia
Intake for the Bethany Ethiopia international adoption program is closed at this time. For additional information, please see the US Department of State notice.
Since 2007, Bethany has been facilitating international adoptions from Ethiopia. The adoption of children from Ethiopia has undergone tremendous change since early 2013. Today, Bethany is one of a few U.S.-based agencies permitted to complete international adoptions. Our staff members have developed excellent relationships with government officials in Ethiopia.
Bethany partners with community-based service providers to find permanent families for children through international adoption. These partners also provide other vital services for children beyond institutional care. Our partners include Ajuuja Children’s Home Association, Hilawe Foundation, AHOPE, Negeste Axum Child and Community Development Association, Partnership for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, and Noble Action Holistic Development.
Visit our Adoption Resources page for more information on adopting a child from Africa.