Note: None of the children seen on this page are available for adoption.

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Our Ethiopia Adoption Program

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Children’s House has been directly licensed by the Ministry of Justice of the Government of Ethiopia to conduct international adoptions as well as support our humanitarian aid projects since 2006.

Humanitarian Efforts in Ethiopia

These children and families do not have access to even the basic necessities like clean drinking water, food and clothing. Children’s House International is committed to sponsoring orphanages and their various local and regional projects. These projects help to provide basic necessities like clean drinking water, food and clothing. We are working hard to change the cycle of extreme poverty.

The funds to support these programs come from generous donations, fundraisers, and adoption fees.

Adoption Forms and Fees

For more information including our application, agency retainer agreement and financial agreements and statistical information on the number of adoption placements per year for the prior 3 calendar years, the number of placements that remain intact, the number of families who apply to adopt each year, and the number of waiting children eligible for adoption, click here.

You can find guidance for prospective adoptive parents on the Ethiopia adoptions page of HERE.

Please review the other alerts and notices posted by the U.S. Department of State HERE.

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Ethiopia’s Adoption Process

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Children’s House refers a child to you. The referral information will include photos, developmental and medical information, test results (HIV, Hepatitis B and other blood test results), along with social background that explains why the child is being placed for adoption. Families may have the information reviewed by their pediatrician and international adoption health specialist. Our families usually must wait approximately 9 – 12 months for a referral. The wait time for older children, children with special needs and sibling groups (when available) can be significantly less.

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) approves the adoption and sends an official approval letter to the Court.

Court Appearance

Ethiopia requires that all adoptive families appear at the scheduled court hearing. Most families stay for 2-3 weeks total and travel home with their child. After the court process is completed you will take your child from the orphanage within 1 or days. Our Ethiopian staff assist you in obtaining your child’s adoption certificate,Ethiopian passport and visa exam. They submit all documents to the Embassy and accompany you to the visa interview at the Embassy. One parent may travel home after the birth certificate is obtained (after approx. 1 week).

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Children Available

All ages of children are available, however Children’s House International requires that all families applying for this program be open to adopt a child up to the age of 5 years. Parents will receive a complete child study which includes all medical information, legal documentation and proof of orphan status, and photos. We are able to send our adoptive families photos and updates of their children during the adoption process. We travel to Ethiopia often to oversee the adoption and humanitarian aid programs.

“(CHI) It’s who our daughter was with as well…And then 3 more daughters and a son. We have adopted 8 kiddos, 5 through CHI. We LOVE CHI. Far and above the best agency out there.” – Crooks Family

Adoptive Parent Requirements

While your adoption journey may begin today, adoptive parents should understand that adoption is a lifelong commitment. A successful home study plays a vital role in helping on your preparation to become adoptive parents. Our trained and caring professionals respect your confidentiality as we work together to educate and create an accurate portrait of you as future adoptive parents. The home study is the first step toward parenthood.

Approved Home Study

An approved home study, preferably completed by a COA Hague accredited social worker, will ensure that all of the Ethiopian requirements for families are met during the home study process. The home study begins with adoptive parent education and a thorough evaluation of your family that will include several background clearances, medical evaluations and financial stability. Your home study is the foundation on which USCIS and in country approvals for international adoption are based. They enable adoptive parents to learn, reflect, and prepare for parenting. It involves opening your hearts, minds, and home to a social worker through a series of meetings and gives you the opportunity to ask all the questions you may have as well.

USCIS Immigration Approval

USCIS immigration approval is required for all international adoptions (this includes an FBI fingerprint results). This approval allows your newly adopted child to receive a VISA from the US Embassy, enter the US, and become a citizen.

Couples married for at least three years are eligible to adopt from Ethiopia. You must be at least 25 and not more than 45 years older than the child you adopt. Older parents are considered for school-aged children on a case-by-case basis. CHI has no restrictions as to religion.

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Travel Process

  • The Ethiopia program requires families make one or two trips. Both parents must be present at the court hearing. You will spend a few days visiting your child, appear in court and then can either return back to the USA or stay an additional 1-2 weeks to complete the process and travel home with your child. Those making 2 trips will return for the visa appointment approximately 4 weeks after the court hearing.
  • Your child will become an automatic US Citizen as soon as he/she enters the USA. In cases of hardship, one parent can travel with a Power of Attorney from the non-traveling spouse. In this case, you must readopt your child in your state of residence when he/she comes home.
  • Escort Option: We strongly urge you to travel to bring your child(ren) home from Ethiopia. However, since Ethiopia requires that must appear in court, you may choose to have your child(ren) escorted home when they are ready to travel. This will add approximately one – two months to your adoption process.

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Children in Ethiopia Waiting for Families

Waiting… waiting… waiting… why are these children without families? They are available for international adoption for many reasons. This is most often due to their birth families inability to parent based on poverty. Poverty worldwide creates the need for international adoption, but it is not the only reason.

Education is another common factor. In many countries, birth control is not widely offered nor is it taught in the family, community or in school. Birth mothers also can lack education on how to parent a child or have the capability to earn a living wage to support the child. So education can play a large part in children becoming available for international adoption. In some situations, when a birth mother does become pregnant she may be shunned by both her family and her community. Many times this leads to desperate situations that force a birth parent to either abandon or relinquish their child.

Sadly, there are other factors that create orphans, war, worldwide famine, drought, and in some countries the AIDS epidemic have also created a need for adoptive parents.

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Country Facts

Is the mystical kingdom of the Queen of Sheba calling you?

Ethiopia and Abyssinia are mentioned numerous times in the Bible, Qur’an and Hadith. It’s culture and traditions date back over 3,000 years. The skeleton of Lucy, a woman that lived 3.2 million years ago, was found in a remote corner of Ethiopia

Ethiopia is slightly less than twice the size of Texas, with its highest point being 4,533 m (14,868 ft.). You will see beautiful contrasting scenery with lush green plains and arid mountains. Ancient architectural marvels remain such as the Church of St. George, which is referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World.

It is widely believed that coffee originated in Ethiopia, and coffee beans are the country’s largest export. During your stay in Ethiopia you will participate in an authentic Coffee Ceremony and experience many unique and impressive sights and sounds.

The modern political capital of Ethiopia is Addis Ababa, with a population of more than two million people. Addis Ababa, nestled in the foothills of the Entoto Mountains, enjoys a moderate climate year round.

Ethiopia and its People

Ethiopia has 77 indigenous languages. Amharic is the official language, and English is the most widely spoken foreign language. English is spoken in secondary schools and universities. According to the national census conducted in 2007, over 37 million people or 43.5% were reported to be Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, over 29 million or 33.9% were reported to be Muslim, just under 15,7 million, or 18.6%, were Protestant, and just under two million or 2.6% adhered to traditional beliefs.

Ethiopian cuisine consists of spicy vegetable and meat dishes, served with injera, a large sourdough flatbread, made out of fermented teff flour. Ethiopians eat with their right hands, using pieces of injera to pick up bites of food.

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