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With more than four million orphans facing famine and disease, Ethiopia is home to one of the largest orphan populations in the world. Approximately one in six Ethiopian children die before age five. Seeing this great need, AGCI became licensed in Ethiopia and opened our Hannah’s Hope transition home in 2006.
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Orphans Needing Families
All God’s Children International has been changing children’s lives for more than two decades. We reach out to orphans who have no future, to provide the care, love, safety and hope every child deserves. Each year, more than 10,000 orphans, widows, and members of at-risk communities have been met in their moments of need and given comfort. In 2006, AGCI became licensed in Ethiopia where we opened our Hannah’s Hope transition home. Hannah’s Hope focuses on providing personalized attention, love and care to children until their adoption process is complete with an AGCI approved family.
The following children are available:
• Children with special needs who are older than one year can be adopted in Ethiopia.
Children in Ethiopia who are designated as waiting children typically are in one of the following categories:
• Children age seven and older
• Children with moderate to severe special needs
• Sibling groups
• Children who are HIV+
AGCI is actively working in Ethiopia to allow more of these children the opportunity to find loving families through our waiting child program.
Home Study and Dossier Process
Once you are contracted with AGCI, you begin your dossier and home study. AGCI staff helps your family in this paperwork process. Once completed, your dossier is sent to the Ethiopian Embassy for authentication and submitted to AGCI staff in Addis Ababa for translation.
After you’ve submitted your dossier, your family could wait up to 4 to 6 years to be referred a child. At this time, you will receive any available medical information, including photos, birth family background information, physical examination, development assessment, blood tests, and court documents concerning why the child is being placed for international adoption. AGCI requires all families to have medical and background information reviewed by an international adoption specializing pediatrician.
Ethiopia Adoption Process
Once your family accepts the referral of a child, AGCI will submit your dossier to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA) and Ethiopian courts, who will schedule two court dates. The child’s birth family is required to be present at the first court appointment, and the adoptive family is required to be present at the second court appointment. Simultaneously, MOWA reviews the adoption paperwork and forwards its opinion on the adoption to the court. The adoption is finalized once all court dates are complete and the opinion from MOWA is received.
Families will arrive between two and three days prior to the court appointment date to meet the child and initiate the bonding process. AGCI strongly recommends that both parents appear in court to finalize the adoption. After receiving clearance by the U.S. Embassy, your family will be invited to travel for your second trip, approximately eight weeks after court approval. AGCI in-country staff will assist your family during both of your trips to Ethiopia.
Once your child is home, Ethiopia and AGCI require post-adoption visits and reports at 3, 6, and 12-month anniversaries of you child’s arrival into the U.S. After the first year, annual family-authored reports are required until your child is 18-years-old.
Age of Parents
Parents who are 23 to 41 years old are welcome to adopt a child of any age, infant and older. For a family to be eligible to adopt a child under the age of 4, at least one parent must be no older than 41 years of age at the time of application. If both parents are 42 to 55 years of age, they must be open to a child who is 4 years old and older.
Couples married at least one year are welcome to adopt. Each spouse may have two divorces and adopt. If there is a history of divorce, the current marriage must be 2 years or longer.
Children in Family
Families with children are welcome to adopt from Ethiopia.
Families will have a positive net worth and an income of at least $10,000 per family member, including the adopted child.
Applicants can have no history of felonies and no more than two misdemeanors in their lifetime.
Applicants with a past or current diagnosis of a life-threatening or communicable disease or other condition that impairs their ability to parent and/or the quality of life of a child are ineligible.
Travel in Country
Two trips are required; each trip lasts approximately seven days. Both parents are strongly encouraged to travel on both trips.
Time Frame for Adoption
The approximate time frame from dossier submission through finalization of an adoption (child arrives home) is 4 to 6 years. The approximate time frame from application through finalization for a waiting child is 12 to 18 months.
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