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Ethiopia has legislated to ban the adoption of children by foreigners, as reported by the BBC. The East African country passed a law on Tuesday prohibiting international child adoption in an attempt to protect its vulnerable minors from abuse and neglect.
Ethiopia used to be a popular country to adopt from. It accounts for about 20 percent of total international adoptions by U.S. parents. Angelina Jolie adopted her daughter Zahara from the country in 2005 when the girl was only six months old. Other celebrities to have adopted children from Ethiopia include Mary-Louise Parker and Connie Britton.
However, there has been a fierce debate about Ethiopian adoptions since Hana Williams, an adopted 13-year-old Ethiopian girl, died of hypothermia in the U.S. state of Washington in May 2011. Her adoptive parents were convicted of manslaughter. Denmark also outlawed all adoptions from Ethiopia in 2016. (The Independent).
Although the Ethiopian government wants to encourage local adoptions to avoid this kind of abuse, concerns were raised during Tuesday’s parliamentary session on whether there would be enough availability of facilities for local adoptees, as reported by Xinhua.
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