Ethiopia to cut back on International adoption by 90% since 2012. In addition, in many cases, there isn’t much information on the whereabouts of the children after the adoption is completed and the children have gone to live abroad. Which undermines the ability to monitor the wellbeing of these kids, consequently, to ensure that children’s best interests are being upheld, as specified in the Article 21 and 24 of the UNCRC and the ACRWC.
Ethiopia’s ban on international adoption is a judicious response to the atrocities witnessed by some children, but what now? Taking into consideration the significant number of orphans in Ethiopia, an effective national child protection system that supports and promotes provision of quality holistic care and de-institutionalization, inclusive of the most marginalised children such as, children with disabilities and children living and/or working in the street is mandatory. Government entities, with an ef-
fective collaboration between community-based coalitions and religious groups should focus on supporting the implementation and monitoring of existing policies and standards in support of alternative care; supporting de-institutionalization and reintegration efforts of children that are currently in residential care; strengthening existing systems and structures to provide better alternative care for all children; implementing measures to prevent family separation and child abandonment; and ensuring that children’s voices are taken into account in alternative care reform efforts. This whole approach is predicated on the absolute necessity of African governments adopting an approach that focuses on a more sustainable and systemic solution in their respective national child protection agenda. Source: Ethiopian Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs 2 Source: Ethiopian Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs 1
The African Child Information Hub (InfoHub) 5
Transitioning from Intercountry Adoption