International adoptions from Ethiopia suspendedAccording to an Adoption Alert from U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, all international adoptions from Ethiopia have been suspended. This news was released to the public on Friday, April 21, 2017. We will continue to follow and share the updates as they are released.

On April 21, an official from Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women and Children (MOWA) informed U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa that it is suspending its processing of intercountry adoption cases, effective immediately. The U.S. Department of State does not yet know how long this suspension will last. The Office of Children’s Issues and the Embassy are working with MOWA to seek more information on the terms of the suspension. We will urge MOWA to complete processing of cases that were in progress prior to this suspension.

If you have questions about your pending case, please contact your Adoption Service Provider. You may also write to if you have questions about an adoption-related visa application or immigrant petition. You may copy the Office of Children’s Issues at on your email to the Embassy if you wish.

Please continue to monitor for updated information on intercountry adoption in Ethiopia.

We will post more as soon as we know more.