In Ethiopia, both sexes of children are available. Infants, toddlers and older children are available for adoption. Children typically become available for adoption due to the devastation of poverty, effects of war, civil strife, or their parents might have died from an illness.
Parents are required to travel to Ethiopia for the court date. This is in addition to the trip to appear at the Embassy (or have your child escorted home). Barring any future changes to the program, only one parent must travel for the court trip, though it is preferred for both parents to travel in order to gain cultural experience. In addition, only one parent must travel for the Embassy appointment or you can choose to have your child escorted home.
Agency fee: $6,200
Home Study Review Fee: $100
Requested Humanitarian Aid donation: $500
Country: $10,000 ($7,000 for each additional referral)
Total paid to or through CCI (one referral): $16,550 (not including
humanitarian aid donation)
Estimated total after extraneous expenses (travel for two trips, home study, USCIS, etc): $29,000
Click here to download a sample fee contract which includes an explanation of fees.
Post-Adoption Report Requirements
Ethiopia requires post adoption reports to be conducted by an adoption professional at the following intervals:
In addition to the above, starting with the second anniversary of the child coming home (24 months), parents must submit an annual self-written post adoption report until the child reaches the age of 18.
Four notarized copies of each report, whether written by an adoption professional or the parent, must be submitted PER CHILD. A set of at least six pictures must be submitted with each copy of the report submitted. Pictures should include a family picture, family life pictures, pictures of the child by him/herself, a picture of the child in his/her bedroom and if applicable, a picture of the child as his/her school.
Fees associated with post-adoption reports are established by the adoption professional composing the report and are not paid to or through CCI (except in the case that CCI is the adoption professional conducting the report).
Anyone considering adoption from Ethiopia must consider the costs of post-adoption reports and their own willingness/persistence in complying with post-adoption report requirements BEFORE deciding to adopt from Ethiopia. As part of the adoption process, you will make a written commitment to the government of Ethiopia to comply with their requirement (it is NOT a request) as a stipulation of them allowing you to adopt one (or more) of their children. Failure to comply will affect future children in need of adoption.
Traveling to Ethiopia
Ethiopia is a beautiful country, rich in history and culture. Never having been colonized, Ethiopia is one the world's oldest nations.
Ethiopia's people, though poor, are some of the friendliest anywhere. It is very pro-Western and is a relatively safe place to travel for you and your family.
Traveling to Ethiopia is easy. British Airways has weekly flights, and Ethiopian Airlines, a first-class and child-friendly airlines flies regular flights out of Washington, D.C.
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NOTE: Before traveling to any country, travelers should always check the Center for Disease Control's website for that country. Click here for a link to the CDC's information about Ethiopia. Further travel information can be found on the Department of State's Ethiopia page by clicking here.
Special Bulletin Regarding Ethiopian Adoptees: Hepatitis A risks
Celebrate Children International holds a direct license to facilitate adoptions from Ethiopia. CCI's current Ethiopian license is valid through February 26, 2016. To view a copy of our license, click here.
Sue also serves as the Executive Director of CCI.
Celebrating Children's Homecoming!
CCI loves getting pictures of "our" children after they come home!
CCI brought our first children home from Ethiopia on April 1, 2008. To view some of the beautiful children adopted from Ethiopia, please see our Welcome Home Pages:
Inspirational stories, videos and/or slideshows from families who have been there. Click here.
Right: The Young family meets Abigail for the first time in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
One Pastor's Mission
Pastor Jeremy Haskins has a personal investment in his church's mission to help orphans. The Haskins family adopted two children from Ethiopia and started a revolution in their church to follow God's command to help orphans worldwide.
From sermons to conferences, read and listen to how this church is making an impact in the lives of children everywhere. Click picture to visit the website.
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..." James 1:27, NIV