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Ethiopian government to ban child adoption by foreigners

Child Adoption is likely to be only domestic

borkena, Ethiopian News
October 12,2017

Child Adoption law review - Ethiopia
Ethiopian Parliament

Ethiopian parliament is to review draft Ethiopian family law which will make it impossible for foreigners to adopt a child from Ethiopia, reported Ethiopian Reporter.

The review is predicated on “widespread case of identity crisis that children adopted by foreign families face and based on the premise that foreign families could not offer relatable family environment to Ethiopian children”, added the report.

Once the reviewed is completed, adoption of Ethiopian children by foreigners will be revoked from Ethiopian family law.

In 2013, adopting parents in the United States were sentenced to the maximum sentence for starving to death Hana William, a child who was adopted from Ethiopia.

The parliament is also discussing the extension of maternity leave as part of a review of family law. Currently, mothers get three months of leave for maternity.

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