Ethiopia Adoption Program
Age: Children new-born to 14 years of age. (sometimes even older)
Gender: Both boys and girls are available for adoption. First time parents should
be flexible in regards to gender selection.
Health: Children are generally healthy, but may have parasites and other treatable
conditions caused due to living conditions. Children are tested at minimum
-- for HIV/AIDS, VDRL, Parasites and Hepatitis. Special needs children
Adoptive Parents Requirements
Marriage: Married couples may apply. Couples must be married at least one year.
Applications cannot be accepted from pregnant women. Previous divorce
is allowed. One parent must be a US Citizen.
Single: Single women may also apply to adopt. Single men may apply, however, may
only adopt male children.
Age: Parents must be at least 25 years of age. There is no statutory age limit.
Those 25-49 may adopt an infant. Those over 50 may adopt an older child.
Children: Ethiopia has no limit on the number of children already in the home. If
you have more than 8 children, IAN will work with you on a case by case basis.
Travel is two trips, approximately 7 days each and comfortable accommodations
are available. Clients are fully escorted by our bi-lingual facilitator
and staff, throughout all processes required in Ethiopia.
Depending on your state regulations and USCIS processing it will take approximately
12-18 months to complete the adoption from submission of the dossier to
our agency. The time frame will depend greatly on the age and sex of the
child(ren) you are seeking to adopt.
The family typically receives referral after submission of the completed
and approved dossier and climbing up the wait list. Information provided
includes photos, lab results, and brief medical/social history. Please
note that social history is scarce and frequently inaccurate due to many factors.
Ethiopia Information Resources:
CIA World Factbook - Ethiopia
USCIS (for Adoption Petition Forms)
US State Department - Ethiopia Travel
Ethiopian Embassy in USA
History, Culture and Facts of Ethiopia
For more detailed information on the program, process or fee schedule,
International Adoption Net or at
Ethiopia: Adoption Process
What does the process of adopting from Ethiopia look like? See the step-by-step
1. Sign up with an Agency:
Online Application or Print/Mail Application - IAN will review your application
and get back to you within 24 hours.
2. Begin Homestudy and Dossier.
These can be completed concurrently and your Adoption Coordinator will
help you through the process.
3. Complete Homestudy.
You will be working with a Social Worker who will help you through this process.
Once the Homestudy and Dossier are complete, you will be added to the waiting list(s).
4. File I-600A with USCIS:
You will receive instructions from IAN/Home Study agency about how to apply
after your homestudy is completed.
5. Send final Dossier to Ethiopia.
Once home study and I-600 are complete and approved, they are compiled
to create your final dossier.
This final Dossier is then sent for authentication and to Ethiopia.
6. Parents may accept referral!
Your Adoption Coordinator will call you with information on your referral.
7. IAN (in Ethiopia) submits the parents' dossier to the Adoption Committee
in Ethiopia for review and approval to adopt.
8. Parents' and child's dossiers are submitted to the ministry
and court for a court date.
9. Contract of Adoption is signed.
Adoptive Parents travel to Ethiopia for the first trip to attend court
When parents pass court, adoption is approved and adoption decree is issued.
11. Child's new passport, birth certificate are created and all final
adoption paperwork is prepared.
These documents will be submitted to the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa for review.
12. U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa schedules a final interview for Adoptive Parents.
Adoptive Parents travel to Addis Ababa for their Embassy interivew (5-7 days).
The U.S Embassy provides immigrant visa for child to come to US.
13. Family Travels Home
The family returns to the U.S with their adopted child.
Travel in Ethiopia
The Ethiopian Government requires Adoptive Parents to make two trips to
Ethiopia for their adoption. Exceptions can be made if both parents are
unable to travel for both trips.
Accommodation: Addis View:
For the family's safety and for the convenience of the IAN staff and
families, we work with one guest house in Addis Ababa, The Addis View.
This guest house is very accommodating for IAN families. IAN will arrange
all accommodations for families. We strive to have at least two families
traveling at the same time to Ethiopia. At Addis View, families will have
the opportunity to get to know one another.
About Addis View:
Addis View is located close to downtown and near Court and Embassy for
your interviews. They love working with adoptive families and have loved
working with IAN. Their accommodations include;
Airport pick up and drop off (7km from Bole International Airport).
Clean rooms with bathrooms (with tubs and hot water) in each room.
Accommodations for children of all ages.
Full restaurant and coffee shop, room service is available.
Wireless internet included at no extra cost (computers available in the lobby).
Generator for power outages.
Ample play space (inside and outside) for children of all ages.
Drivers available if you are interested in exploring Ethiopia.
Addis View Hotel (
For the website click here)
PO Box 1485 Code 1110 Phone: 251-11-124-9766
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia FAX: 251-11-124-9765