Update on Ethiopian Adoption Suspension

The U.S. Department of State posted an Adoption Alert on May 2, 2017, providing additional information on the recent suspension of adoptions from Ethiopia.

 The Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office announced the immediate suspension of intercountry adoption on April 21. It is not yet known how long the suspension will last.

According to the Alert, the Office of Children’s Issues and the U.S. Embassy are continuing to work with the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MOWA) and the Prime Minister’s Office to learn more about the terms of the suspension. They are also urging the Ethiopian government to allow continued processing of cases that were in progress prior to the suspension.

Questions about pending Ethiopian adoption cases should be directed to your Adoption Service Provider. Questions about adoption-related visa applications or immigrant petitions can be directed to consadoptionaddis@state.gov; you can also 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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