Please go to the link below to read the full notice.
Please read the part about the birth parent interviews and then think about what that means, really means, about how adoption is understood culturally in Ethiopia and elsewhere, and how adoption is so very different here. How many parents in Ethiopia expect this to happen? Then ask if they truly gave informed consent.
Then read this article in the Wall Street Journal again. Inside Ethiopia’s Adoption Boom and watch the video – this family found out the hard way about this very concern – one of many families to find this out.
The Trends in Ethiopia at the bottom of the page of the “Notice: Summary of Adoption Service Provider Meeting with the U.S. Embassy” are just as troubling as how adoption is culturally different. Stop and read the three trends over again, and recognise that to be a trend – it is happening frequently.
Then read this report from a year.
*PDF from adoptionpolicy.org
What has changed?