In the northeast corner of Africa is the beautiful, small country of Ethiopia with one of the oldest, richest histories dating over 5,000 years. Ethiopia is tropical in nature with an average temperature in the mid 70’s. The country is densely
populated with over 73 million people, which are about 170 people per square mile. Ethiopia is known for its diverse culture and ethnicities. There are more than 70 ethnic groups in Ethiopia. The country’s official language is Amharic. In
2005 only 45% of the adult population could read or write. The country is very poor; the average annual income is only $100 US dollars.
• In Ethiopia, both sexes of children are available. Infants 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. A photo and available medical information will be provided upon referral. Children are tested for HIV, Hepatitis B, and venereal disease.
•The parents must be at least 25 years of age. Parents must have sufficient income to care for the child.
Number of Existing Children of Adoptive Parents
• Number of children already in the home is not defined by law.
•Married couples and single women may adopt.
• Immediate to 6 months* after dossier submitted.
*Times may vary and at times, be longer than six months
Institution or Foster Care
• Ethiopian children are cared for in orphanages.
• Parents must travel to Ethiopia for the Court date. Generally, both parents must travel for the court date, though only one parent may be able to travel on a case-by-case basis. Parents will then travel again to pick up their child or the child may be escorted home instead of the second trip.