We have received this urgent, breaking news memorandum from the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues:

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa has confirmed the Ethiopian Parliament passed new legislation banning adoptions by foreigners on January 9, 2018.

At this time we do not have new information about how the Ethiopian government will process pending cases. We will continue to engage with the Ethiopian government and will share additional information as soon as we receive it.

The Department of State’s update also listed the following two news articles, one by the BBC¬†and this one by the Independent, for more information related to the news.

If you have questions regarding your particular case, we recommend that you contact your adoption service provider.