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Ethiopia adoption agency
Please note that our Ethiopia program is a network program, which means we can assist only families residing in Kentucky or Missouri with an

Ethiopian adoption.


Ethiopian adoptionsAll Blessings International proudly partners with Illien Adoptions, International, a licensed child placing agency based in Atlanta, Georgia to assist Kentucky and Missouri families in their pursuit of an

adoption from Ethiopia

. ABI and Illien Adoptions have created a cooperative working relationship to provide ethical, professional and quality service delivery to both children and families.

Ethiopia is one of the few countries in Africa that is favorable to inter-country adoption. U.S. agencies are licensed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA) which functions directly under the supervision of the Ministry of Justice. The MOJ oversees all of the inter-country adoption activity and the adoption process has many built-in safeguards. Illien Adoptions is licensed in Ethiopia. ABI can assist Kentucky and Missouri families with homestudies and document preparation for an

Ethiopian adoption

, which will be processed directly by Illien. Families will enter a contract directly with Illien for adoption processing. The U.S. Embassy coordinates closely with the Ethiopian government to ensure the eligibility of each child available for adoption.

Ethiopian law allows families meeting the following criteria to adopt:
  • adoptive parents should be no more than 43 years older than the referred child
  • minimum five years of marriage are preferred (however exceptions have been made)
  • there is no maximum number of children for prospective adoptive families
  • single women may adopt
Ethiopia adoption An

Ethiopian adoption

takes approximately 6 to 9 months to complete once your dossier has been submitted. A realistic time line from the beginning to the end of the process is approximately 12 months. This timeline is subject to change.

Children are available from infancy to early teens. Sibling groups and special needs children are also available. All children are tested for HIV, Hepatitis B, and venereal disease. The children are also tested for TB, if suspected. They do receive medical care at the orphanage, but malnutrition and upper respiratory illnesses are common among these children.
Currently, Ethiopia is requiring that families travel to attend court prior to adoption processing. This is requested of both parents; however, exceptions are being made by the Ethiopian courts on a case by case basis. After the adoption escorts may be permitted, however, we encourage at least one parent to make the trip to Ethiopia to bring their child home. The required stay in Ethiopia is approximately one week.

Download our Ethiopia program overview sheet and our international program comparison sheet to compare programs and fees.
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