This adoption program has definitely seen its ups and downs in the past couple of years. Yet, today is appears to have fully regained its footing and is on the right track. Having become a popular option for many of the families interested in adoption in the last couple of years, Ethiopia buckled a little under the immense pressure. That did not last long. Ethiopian adoptions are currently rising at a great rate. This is good for this country because the need is so pronounced. There are a staggering number of people in Ethiopia and poverty reigns. As I have said in the past, where there is poverty, the children will suffer. Ethiopia is such a place.
There are a large number of children who need a hand up in this country yet not all are available for adoption. This is because of the large number of children that are abandoned but not declared full orphans. Many of these children have living relatives who simply cannot afford to care for them. The orphanages are filled with children in this situation. On the other side of the coin are the children that have been declared legally adoptable. These are the kids that prospective adoptive parents seek. At this point, there are so many children and so few people ready to step in and care for them. Adoption is such a great option for these children.
The issues that come along with adoptions from Ethiopia are typical for many countries except the increase in health issues and malnutrition. The conditions that are prevalent in Ethiopia make it difficult for anyone to feed themselves much less a child who has no mother/father. The children who have lived this need long-term show the most long-term side effects. Malnourishment can cause learning disabilities, physical ailments and emotional damage. These are valid concerns for those who are looking to adopt from this area. Yet, many people have successfully completed adoptions and the children appear to have bore no ill effects from their time in Ethiopia. There are many blogs pertaining to this that you can read in order to fully understand malnourishment and its effects.
If you are interested in adopting from Ethiopia, the need is great. The children are said to be well-mannered and easily fit into their new roles within a family. With proper care, these children are given the chance to live life fully. It is the greatest gift anyone can receive.
Ethiopia is open for adoption applications. This program is not party to the Hague Convention.