Adopting from Ethiopia
Families Needed for WHFC Horizon Kids!
Waiting children may be age 7 or older, diagnosed with HIV, Hepatitis B or other significant medical conditions, or sibling groups with two or more school-aged children. Families receive an immediate referral upon successful completion of program application and dossier submission. Eligibility requirements are flexible, and generous subsidies are often available!
- Ethiopia is a non-Hague Convention Country
- Foreign Provider is WHFC NGO and Ethiopian Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA)
The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, known as the “cradle of humanity,” is home to close to 94 million and many ethnic groups, the two largest being the Oromo and Amhara. The official language is Amharic, but English, Arabic, Oromigna, Tigrigna and other regional languages are also recognized. Orthodox Christianity and Islam are widely practiced; other Christian religions are also observed.
WHFC has helped place close to 1,200 children from Ethiopia, and has broad-based aid, child sponsorship and family empowerment programs to promote child welfare and family permanency.
The following applicants are eligible for the WHFC Ethiopia Adoption Program. Please note that eligibility requirements for adoptive parents are usually determined by adoption officials in the child’s birth country, not WHFC.
Married Heterosexual Couples age 25-55
- Age 50-55 eligible for children age 4+ or waiting children
- Must have been married for 2 years or more at time of referral
- No limit to the number of children in the home
Single Heterosexual Women age 25-55
- Age 50-55 eligible for children age 4+
- No limit to the number of children in the home
Children Who Need Families
We are currently accepting applications for WHFC Horizon Kids only. Waiting children may be age 7 or older, diagnosed with HIV or Hepatitis B or other significant medical conditions, or sibling groups with two or more school-aged children. Both boys and girls are available for adoption. All children will be tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C before being matched with a family. You will receive an immediate referral upon program application and dossier submission. Subsidies are available for families who qualify. View waiting child profiles.
Some children available for adoption from Ethiopia have been abandoned by birth parents or relatives. Others have been relinquished by a birth parent because of extreme poverty, illness or other reason, or were cared for by birth relatives after the death of the child’s parents. The Ethiopian Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA) must confirm the legal status of any child and determine his or her availability for adoption. Children approved for an adoptive placement are transferred to private orphanages, where they live during the legal process in Ethiopia. After the adoption is finalized, the child will stay at Horizon House, WHFC’s transitional home in Addis Ababa, until it is time to travel home with his or her adoptive family.
Information You Can Expect to Receive
You will receive photos, medical information and all available background information on your child, which may be limited. You will have the opportunity to meet your child before the adoption is finalized.
Estimated Wait Times for a Referral
You will receive your child’s referral immediately upon successful completion of the program application and dossier.
Travel Requirements and Experience
Two trips are required to complete your child’s adoption, one brief trip of 4 days and a second trip of 1 week. Most children arrive home 5-10 months after referral, sometimes sooner. Our staff in Ethiopia will assist you throughout your stay. Accommodations in Addis Ababa are modern and comfortable, but will vary in more remote areas of the country where birth family members may reside. You can also choose to stay at our Guest House located on the grounds of Horizon House, your child’s transitional home. Traveling to Ethiopia offers a tremendous opportunity to learn more about your child’s heritage. You will visit your child daily, and have the opportunity to consult with nurses and caretakers who have been caring for your son or daughter. In most cases, birth relatives will ask to meet with you. Families adopting from this program must be open to such a meeting.
Please download our information packet for a comprehensive list of fees and other important information on all WHFC adoption programs.
How to Get Started
If you have registered with us, complete your application as soon as possible to begin the process. If you are not a current WHFC client, register online today.
WHFC Ethiopia Adoption Program Staff
We work directly with officials at MOWCYA, the Ministry of Justice and Dr.Tsegaye Berhe, Director of Africa Programs for WHFC. Dr. Berhe has been focused on child welfare issues for more than
30 years. He and his team of representatives have helped tens of thousands of African children in crisis. Contact us for more information. We look forward to working with you!
Deputy Director of Programs
- Steps in the international adoption process
- WHFC Ethiopia Adoption Program Fees
- Ethiopia adoption resources
- Financing your adoption
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