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Ethiopia Closes to Adoption

crAnd then there were four. As Ethiopia closes its door to children being adopted by foreigners, more and more Americans are not adopting. The huge numbers of thousands of foreign adoptions in the early 2000s have now dropped to a trickle in 2018.

Among the largest blocks are the following nations adopting to the US: China, Ethiopia, Ukraine, Haiti and Uganda. And now delete Ethiopia whose parliament banned foreign families from adopting Ethiopian children, stating that “…local initiatives are better suited to protect orphans and other vulnerable children.”

Most adoptive parents would agree with such a statement. Problem is, if there were enough adultcr figures in these countries to care for their children, nobody would be adopting from there in the first place!

Anyhow, it works both ways. Denmark banned Ethiopian adoptions in 2016, citing inconsistencies in some of the children’s background info given out by Ethiopian officials. In other words, the possibility of child trafficking (selling children for adoption) had the Danes concerned. And rightly so.

Therefore, my fellow Americans, it’s China, Ukraine, Haiti and Uganda. And a handful of other countries where HIV positive or FAS children (severe medical situations) are available to foreigners. Not to mention adopting in the US, which is not that easy, either (for those who think we have “plenty of children right here”). But it can be done if you’re interested in older children, sibling groups, waiting a number of years, etc.

crIf you are interested in a white baby, this update from the US government regarding Ukraine:

“Crime targeting foreigners and property is common. Demonstrations, which have turned violent at times, regularly occur throughout Ukraine, including in Kyiv. Politically targeted assassinations and bombings have also occurred.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits U.S. civil aviation from flying in the Ukrainian Simferopol (UKFV) and Dnipropetrovsk (UKDV) Flight Information Regions.”

And there you have it.

Our later adoptions from dicey Russian republics carried US travel advisories that it was not the crsmartest to travel to areas where Muslim insurgents in the mountains (or cities) might be at work. I assessed the situation and went anyway. But I have extensive travel experience in the Middle East and I speak Russian. We were not adopting kids from Muslim backgrounds, so in all ways, we would appear to “match” in language and appearance while processing paperwork in a foreign land.

If you are considering a foreign or domestic adoption, it can still be done in 2018. There are tons of waiting kids, here, there and everywhere. I pray that you do your research and find them.

They need you.

crBut having a compassionate heart is not enough. You might want to support services or outreaches to kids in need. Because adoption can turn your family upside-down. There are always medical or psychological issues that you had no way of knowing. Sometimes these issues crop up not just with the adopted child, but with other children in the home who experience pangs of jealousy, or with a mate who overcompensates or withdraws or whatever.

Just be ready (hard to say exactly what that means— more on that in an upcoming blog post). Then talk with everyone who has adopted from Country X, Y, or Z.  Remember that it has to be legal in your country and in theirs.

Move forward. Only you can say what’s right for you in terms of adoption. But where there’s a will, there’s a way.

God bless.


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