As a result of the adoption suspension, more than 40 American families who had completed the process have been denied access to a child who is legally theirs.

(Marilyn Stowe Blog)―Ethiopia has suspended all adoptions in a move that has left international would-be parents unable to see their children.

The move was introduced without warning in April and has caused confusion and heartache for many foreign parents, some of whom have spent thousands of dollars and waited many years to legally adopt a child from the Horn of Africa.

Diplomats representing the UK, United States, Spain and Belgium have all drawn attention to people going through this situation in their countries. Roughly a dozen British households have had their adoptions brought to a screeching halt by this sudden action.

Since 2011 families in the United States have adopted more than 5,500 children from Ethiopia, their Embassy claims. As a result of the adoption suspension, more than 40 American families who had completed the process have been denied access to a child who is legally theirs.

Speaking to international news organization Agence France-Presse (AFP), one such father said that he and his partner were “legal parents, documented parents” who are now “effectively responsible for [their Ethiopian child’s] wellbeing”. He added:

“I kind of can’t just undo what I feel are my desires and even legal obligations as a father.”

A further 200 US families have had their applications put on hold for the foreseeable future.

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