Adopting from Ethiopia

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The official flag.



The Semien Mountains.

The Bete Giyorgis (Church of St. George), Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Local women in Turmi.

A mosque and tuk tuk in Dire Dawa, .

Crowds gather at the Fasiladas' bath in Gondar, , to celebrate Timket.

Ethiopian farmers children in the fields near Guzara Castle, Gondar region.

Bete Giyorgis (Church of St. George), Lalibela.

Notice: As of July 14, 2014, all individuals and agencies facilitating international adoptions must be in compliance with the Intercountry Universal Accreditation Act.

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About Ethiopia

Unique among African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule with the exception of a short-lived Italian occupation from 1936-41. To learn more please read About Ethiopia (The Country). To learn about the Ethiopian anthem and its history, please read Ethiopian National Anthem. To learn more about Ethiopian facts please read Ethiopia Travel Fact Sheet.

Ethiopia Adoption Alert

There are multiple adoption alerts for Ethiopia. To learn more about these alerts please read Ethiopia Adoption Alert.

Ethiopian Adoption Background

In recent years, Ethiopia has become a popular country for international adoption. Between 1999 and 2013, Americans have adopted 14,084 children from Ethiopia. Beginning in March 2010, however, adoption numbers dropped off significantly as Ethiopia placed greater restrictions on adoption by foreigners. To learn more, please read Ethiopian Adoption Background.

Hague Convention Information

Ethiopia is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(Hague Adoption Convention). To learn more, please read about Ethiopia and the Hague Convention.

Who Can Adopt

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, you must meet multiple requirements in order to adopt a child from Ethiopia. To learn about these requirements please read Who Can Adopt from Ethiopia.

Who Can Be Adopted

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Ethiopia has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. To learn more please read Who Can Be Adopted from Ethiopia.

How to Adopt

The process for adopting a child from Ethiopia generally includes the following steps:

  1. Choose an adoption service provider
  2. Apply to be found eligible to adopt
  3. Be matched with a child
  4. File the Form I-600 with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to initiate the Pre-Adoption Immigration Review prior to filing an adoption case with the courts
  5. Adopt the child in Ethiopia
  6. Receive final approval of Form I-600
  7. Obtain a Visa and bring your child home

To learn more about this process please read How to Adopt from Ethiopia.

Traveling Abroad

To learn more please read Traveling Abroad in Ethiopia

After Adoption

To learn more about post adoption requirements and resources please read After Adoption in Ethiopia.


Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information