May 14, 2009
It is Joint Council’s understanding that Ethiopian authorities are investigating alleged actions of five children’s homes in or around Addis Ababa. It is our understanding that this is affecting abandonment cases processed through the courts in Addis. It is unknown at this time if it is affecting just the abandonment cases of those children’s homes under investigation or all abandonment cases in Addis. Joint Council is working to confirm the extent of the alleged illegal activities and investigations, the children’s homes involved, and effects on the processing of abandonment cases in Addis. As information is confirmed and more information becomes available Joint Council will continue to update our website.
Additionally, the U.S. State Department, Office of Children’s Issues has issued an Adoption Alert regarding Ethiopia. Joint Council will continue to closely monitor developments in Ethiopia and update our website accordingly.