Government ends Ethiopian adoption program

PROSPECTIVE parents will no longer be able to adopt children from Ethiopia after the government ended its adoption program with the country.

By Michelle Ainsworth

June 28, 2012 / Herald Sun

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said the decision had come after years of problems with the program.

"Unfortunately the adoption environment in Ethiopia has become increasingly unpredictable, complex and uncertain, leaving many prospective Australian parents in limbo for years," Ms Roxon said.

The inter-country adoption agreement had been plagued with issues, including a one-year suspension of adoptions.

Ms Roxon said the government would work with Australian families who had been trying to adopt a child from Ethiopia.

"I know that there are families who have been committed to the program and will be disappointed."

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Good

I believe when a country closes it's doors to an international adoption program, that country is saying it no longer wants to associate with corrupt criminals who are putting children in very harmful/dangerous situations.

I'm very glad Australia had the courage to say NO MORE.

I'm afraid American adopters will never let the American government follow suit and do the same.

Good? You're basically

Good? You're basically writing off millions of children to a life of poverty or early death, all because of some chip on your shoulder about the developed world. I'm sorry you're so misinformed, but domestic adoption programs outside of extended families do not exist in Ethiopia. Those children whose families could not take them, which is how they ended up in an orphanage in the first place, will now spend their whole lives in an orphanage and be thrown out onto the street when they age out, to be homeless.

Mis-informed information

I'm sorry you're so misinformed, but domestic adoption programs outside of extended families do not exist in Ethiopia. Those children whose families could not take them, which is how they ended up in an orphanage in the first place, will now spend their whole lives in an orphanage and be thrown out onto the street when they age out, to be homeless.

...and being forced into a disrupted adoption plan, or an abusive adoptive home - in a foreign country, where the sent-child does not  speak the language - is so much better?  By all means, please review our abuse archives, especially those featuring American adopters and Ethiopian children "saved" through ICA.  [Read about Hana Grace-Rose Williams and how "lucky" she was to be saved from her orphanage.]   LEARN what's being done to far too many adoptees, all in the name of "a child's best interest", then comment with attitude.

If the choice were given to me:  die from the blows given by my Aparents, endure the stigmas and labels given to a foreign adoptee in a country like America, or live a shortened life in an orphanage with friends who have become my surrogate family -- guess what I'd choose?  [Hint: my choice would not include a move to a foreign country, like I was forced to do.]

Those who use ICA as the ideal solution for poor "orphan" care and  limited family-services for the poor have no real understanding how child-trafficking for ICA really operates.  Rather than help perpetuate the many harms that manifest themselves through ICA, adoption-supporters and orphan advocates should do everything they can so local support services and domestic adoption programs can improve and over-ride the very profitable ICA option.   We saw  the benefits improved domestic care in Romania had on it's so-called orphan population, and we are starting to see how more focused domestic-care will benefit the "orphans" in Russia.  In terms of what is in a child's best interest, I think the message is clear:  it takes the forced closure of ICA doors to gift the local "orphan" population a  critically important and closer second-look (and better care) from the locals.

And fwiw, If there is a chip on my foreign-born adopted shoulder, it's because that's what the international adoption industry has gifted me, through really poor decision-making and profit-minded family placement.

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