Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA ADOPTION CLOSED TO INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION JANUARY 9, 2018

On January 9, 2018 the Ethiopian government made the decision to ban international adoption from Ethiopia. Unfortunately, this country that is about twice the size of Texas has an estimated 4.3 million orphans. The children are primarily orphaned due to poverty, and live in both government-run and privately established orphanages. The need is great in Ethiopia.  There are many children in…


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Requirements At-A-Glance

Timeline: 48 - 60 months & increasing
Waiting Children Age: Boys/Girls, 6 months - 12 years
Parents Ages: 30 - 50
Marriage: 1 yr. at application; 2 yrs. at referral
Estimated Expenses: $30,530 - $40,340
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Ethiopia Family Empowerment (1)

Helping Families Thrive in Ethiopia

By Debby DeRosa | February 27, 2024

Although Ethiopia closed its doors to international adoption in 2018, the urgent need to protect children remains. Children still become orphans due to political unrest, disease, and extreme poverty. Therefore, we are committed to continuing our work in this beautiful country. Over ten years ago, we started the Ethiopia Family Empowerment Project in partnership with…

Ethiopia Mission Trip Update (1)

Fall 2023 Ethiopia Mission Trip Update

By Debby DeRosa | November 2, 2023

By Melinda Sallé, Development Project Coordinator I returned from Ethiopia last week! It was my first trip to meet our newest group of Bete Hosanna residents, and I was so excited to finally meet them in person. This is our third group of girls, and each group has been unique in their personalities, interests, and…

Let's Celebrate Ethiopia Gala Total 2023

So Many Reasons to Celebrate in Ethiopia

By Debby DeRosa | September 12, 2023

Yesterday, Ethiopia celebrated its New Year. Ethiopians follow a 13-month calendar like that used in many Eastern Orthodox churches, trailing the Western calendar by 7 years and 8 months. While we are in 2023 in the United States, their year is 2016. Check out some photos of the girls at Bete Hosanna getting their home…

Ethiopia Referral Announcement!

Exciting news from Ethiopia this week! Another precious child was matched with their forever family.Congratulations to “Sierra” and her adoptive family!#BeAStoryteller for children like "Sierra"awaa.org