I tend to agree. I propose that we look to a compromise system.^^ I'm always conflicted about the issue of international adoptions. I think everyone would prefer that kids could grow in their own country with Ethiopian parents. But the reality in Ethiopia is a very harsh one for most orphans. Is it better for a kid to grow on the streets of Addis, sleeping rough on the streets, open to all kinds of abuses, maltreatment and disease? It is true that some foreign adoptions end up really bad for the kids, but those are in the minority. I personally know several adopted kids in the Seattle area who are raised in loving homes with all the opportunities that life in an affluent society provides. We rarely hear of the successful adoptions, only the horrible ones make the news. If it was up to me, I wouldn't have banned foreign adoptions outright. Maybe put very strict requirements on adoption, but not ban it completely. I don't think Ethiopia is ready yet to take care of its thousands upon thousands of orphans and unwanted kids. Maybe in a decade or two, but not now.
more on http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42635641Ethiopia bans foreign adoptions
10 January 2018
Ethiopia has banned the adoption of children by foreigners amid concerns they face abuse and neglect abroad.
Ethiopia is one of the biggest source countries for international adoptions by US citizens, accounting for about 20% of the total.
Celebrities Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are among those who have adopted children from Ethiopia.
However, in 2013, a US couple were convicted of killing an adopted Ethiopian girl.
That case triggered a debate about foreign adoption, the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa says.
The adoption process in Ethiopia has also faced serious questions with rights groups saying that it was prone to abuse by human traffickers who saw it as lucrative market.
Two years ago, Denmark stopped the adoption of children from Ethiopia.
Lawmakers now say orphans and other vulnerable children should be cared for under locally available support mechanisms in order to protect them.
But some MPs said that the country has insufficient local services to cater for vulnerable children.
More than 15,000 Ethiopian children have been adopted in the US since 1999.
Many are also taken to European countries such as Spain, France and Italy.
What next for Ethiopia's orphans?
Emmanuel Igunza, BBC Africa, Addis Ababa
Debate over foreign adoptions in Ethiopia has been rife since the 2013, so the country's ban didn't come as a major surprise.
The question now is what will happen to the thousands of orphans and vulnerable children who can no longer be adopted?
Parliament says the country's social services should be able to handle the numbers and more importantly local adoptions are still permitted.
However, adoption is not a big part of Ethiopia's culture and many orphans find themselves shuttled between relatives or on the streets.