Ethiopia bans foreigners from adopting

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Ethiopia recently passed legislation banning foreigners from adopting children.

The law was passed following the death of a 13-year-old girl in 2013 who died mysteriously in the United States. Her adopted parents were subsequently convicted of her murder.

The girl’s death caused heated debate in the country, as lawmakers argued that orphans and other vulnerable children should be cared for locally in order to protect them from abuse and neglect abroad.

Ethiopia is a popular country for foreign adoption, with actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie among the most famous to have children from there.

The current legislation has now scuppered hopes of prospective foreign parents receiving children from the East African country.

However, not all lawmakers were behind the legislation. Some MPs raised concern that Ethiopia had insufficient services to care for such children.

The legislation follows a controversial decision taken by Denmark two years ago to stop the adoption of children from Ethiopia due to concerns of possible human trafficking.

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