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Ethiopia sent 1255 children to American families in 2007
Adoptions from Ethiopia is on the increase and in 2007, 1255 children were adopted by American families, according to a report by the New York Times. In 2006, the number was 732, an increase of 71%. China is still the most popular place for American adoption, followed by Guatemala, Russia and Ethiopia.
“Americans adopt more foreign-born children than all other countries in the world combined,” said Maura Harty, the assistant secretary of state for consular affairs. “As a Hague Convention country we can — we must — require reform and transparency in some countries or adoptions to the U.S. will stop.”
The report added that Ethiopia did not sign the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption which the United States will ratify tomorrow.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS:
Source: State Department
According to country information page of State Department, here is the eligibility requirement for adopting parents. "The Ethiopian government prefers to place children with married couples who have been married for at least five years. In general, single persons under age 25 may not adopt, nor may openly gay or lesbian individuals or couples. However, the Ethiopian government has occasionally approved cases involving persons in all of these categories".
You can find the complete information from the State Department
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