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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.

Child Protection and Welfare in Ethiopia

Foster Care in Ethiopia

Bethany has a renowned domestic foster-to-adopt program in Ethiopia which has been serving vulnerable children since 2010. The foster-to-adopt program seeks to establish loving, safe, permanent families for children currently living in orphanages and outside of family-based care. Permanency planning is done with families from the time of recruitment through the engagement and foster placement stages. Since Bethany's global establishment of this local foster-to-adopt program, we have had the opportunity to replicate it in several other African nations.

Domestic Adoption within Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, our final goal, for all children, is to provide them with a permanent family. In many cases this happens in stages. First, Bethany must work to deinstitutionalize children through foster care placements, but from the beginning, Bethany is training each foster family about permanency. Our goal is that these foster families will adopt. Ethiopia's precious children are yearning for a lifelong family who will surround them with love and care, and Bethany Global hopes to provide that.

Keeping Families Together

A loving, stable family is central to a child’s safety and well-being. To that end, Bethany works with in-country partnership to minister in culturally appropriate ways. One of the main goals of our services is to keep families together by helping them through hard times.

To that end, we train and support families who are coming forward to serve children leaving institutions, as well as empower communities who are embracing alternatives to institutional care through projects such as Community and Family Support and Skills Training and Education.

Adoption from Ethiopia

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.

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Learn about the adoption requirements for Ethiopia including: age, marriage, income, and estimated length of stay when you travel.

Adoption Requirements and Fees

We are here for you throughout your entire adoption journey, and even long after your child comes home. Through our post-adoption services, we’ll give you and your adopted child the help and support you need.

Post-Adoption Support
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