Ethiopia Suspends Intercountry Adoptions

On April 21, the U.S. Department of State issued an adoption alert stating that the Ethiopian Ministry of Women and Children (MOWA) is suspending its processing of intercountry adoption cases, effective immediately. It is not yet known how long the suspension will last.

The Department of State urges MOWA to complete processing cases that were in progress prior to the suspension.

If you have a pending Ethiopian adoption case, questions should be directed to your Adoption Service Provider. For questions about an adoption-related visa application or immigrant petition, contact consadoptionaddis@state.gov. You may copy the Office of Children’s Issues at adoption@state.gov if you wish.

For updated information, continue to monitor adoption.state.gov.

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