Ethiopia: Increase in Intercountry Adoptions

September 5, 2007

The U.S. Department of States has estimated that the total number of orphan visas for FY-2007 will reach 1,300 – nearly double the FY-2006 level. The U.S. embassy in Addis Adaba is continuing to review cases to ensure that adoptive children have been properly relinquished for adoption. Mr. Ato Haddush Halefom, adoption team leader of the Ministry of Woman’s Affairs in Ethiopia, has indicated that Ethiopia is considering signing the Hague Adoption Convention.August 1, 2007 – The CDC recently posted a notice regarding a Hepatitis A risk associated with Ethiopian adoptees, in response to several reported cases in children and adults linked to adoptees from Ethiopia. Click here to read additional information on the disease and recommendations, as posted on the CDC website.

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