Yesterday, the National Council for Adoption shared the news that Ethiopia is choosing to ban intercountry adoption. NCFA's Ryan Hanlon joined BBC World Service Radio to discuss how this decision places unparented children at risk in the Adoption Council Blog.
Over the last 15 years, international adoption has been the last, and best, hope for thousands of unparented children languishing in orphanages in Ethiopia. That hope is now gone for the thousands of orphans currently waiting for someone to love and care for them, as well as many thousands more children who are sure to be added to the orphanages in the future. No one believes that institutional care provides the nurturing environment a child needs in order to thrive. These orphans need advocates to add their voices, and stand with other people and organizations that are working to provide hope and a future for the voiceless children.
We must ensure that these children do not become invisible behind the staggering numbers. We must continue the fight for these children, advocating for them, and reminding every elected official and government worker, in the U.S. and in Ethiopia, that every child deserves a loving and caring family.