Statement on Ethiopia's International Adoption Ban

News from Ethiopia

More about Bethany's ongoing work in Ethiopia and our plans now that international adoptions have been stopped by the Ethiopian government.

Ethiopia Closes International Adoption Program

Bethany Global responds with call to invest more in in-country social service programs

Bethany Christian Services believes that every child has the right to a loving family. Bethany Global, a subsidiary of Bethany Christian Services, has supported children and families in Ethiopia since 2007. With our long history of providing family-based care services, we’ve developed expertise and created groundbreaking programming. We have provided services across the continuum, including family preservation, in-country foster care (caring for children outside of their family of origin), and in-country adoption (Ethiopian children adopted by Ethiopian families). Yet, we have seen a continued need for children to be served through international adoption. Because of our dedicated work in this country, we are deeply saddened to hear of the closing of international adoption from Ethiopia. While we strongly support the Ethiopian government’s desire to strengthen its services to children through in-country adoption, foster care and family preservation, there are many older children and children with significant special placement needs that do not have local family placement options. These children could benefit greatly from international adoption.

While we remain hopeful in our continued work with Ethiopia, we are concerned that vulnerable children with no local placement options will remain in orphanage-based care or receive no support. Our mission is to ensure that every child has the chance to know the love of a forever family. While international adoption is no longer an option, Bethany will continue to support the government and families by helping strengthen Ethiopia’s in-country foster care, adoption and family preservation services.