News Briefs: Rwanda Reopens, Update on Ethiopia - November 2017

Read the latest about the Ethiopia adoption suspension and Rwanda's intercountry adoption program reopening.

November 2017 International News Update: Rwanda, Ethiopia

Ethiopia Processing Only Pending Adoptions

As of November 8, 2017, the government of Ethiopia has informed the U.S. Department of State (DOS) that it will not process to completion any adoption cases that do not have a completed Form I-604 determination or a Form  I-604 determination pending with the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, including families that have been matched with a child but have reached Form I-604 stage.

If you are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia and have questions about the status of your adoption, please contact your adoption agency. The DOS had also set up a dedicated email address prospective adoptive parents, adoption service providers, and stakeholders to inquire about “ongoing adoption issues in Ethiopia”: [email protected]. You may also monitor to stay up to date.


Rwanda Lifts Intercountry Adoption Suspension

The government of Rwanda’s Commission Nationale pour les Enfants (National Commission for Children or NCC) has lifted a suspension on international adoption that has been in place since August 2010. “The Government of Rwanda reports it is in the early stages of implementing the procedures and policies that will govern intercountry adoptions,” reports the DOS, which will release information as it becomes available.



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