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Adoption: Ethiopia

U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa documents about adoption,
  2000-2013, obtained via Freedom of Information Act

INDEX of Mentions
  of U.S. Adoption Agencies,
  Orphanages & Associations


In this series:

In response to reports of fraud in international adoptions from Ethiopia, the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism submitted Freedom of Information Act requests for all adoption-related documents, correspondence, and other written materials from the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa. On this site we have posted all of these documents for anyone to read: cables, emails, reports, minutes of meetings, all redacted by the U.S. State Department before we received them. The State Department explained that the redactions were to protect personal details about American citizens or the children they were adopting.

On this page you will find an alphabetized index of every U.S. adoption agency and Ethiopian orphanage that we found mentioned in these hundreds of pages. Each item in the bulleted list below the name of the agency or orphanage is a link to the FOIA’ed document posted on our site. We realize that these are raw documents, out of context, and give only partial impressions of what some Embassy staff members were thinking at particular moments. To offer a fuller picture of what was happening, we asked every U.S adoption agency named in these documents whether they would like to submit a response that might clarify, correct, or comment on anything mentioned regarding their agency. Links to their responses are also listed below.


American Adoption Agencies
  & Related Organizations                               

(See also Orphanages

A New Arrival

Adoption Advocates Incorporated

(See note)

Adoption Advocates International (AAI)

(See note)

Adoption Ark

Adoption Associates International (AAI)

(See note)

Adoption Avenues

(See note)

African Cradle

All God’s Children

American World Adoption Association (AWAA)

Americans for African Adoptions, Inc. (AFAA)

Angels’ Haven Outreach      

Bethany Christian Services

Better Futures Adoption Services

Celebrate Children International (CCI)

Children’s Home Society and Family Services (CHSFS)

Children’s House International

Christian World Adoption

Dove Adoptions

Ethiostork

Families Thru International Adoption (FTIA)

Gladney Center for Adoption

Holt International

Hope Adoption Agency

Joint Council (formerly JCICS)

Main Street Adoption

Maine Adoption Placement Services International (MAPS)

PEAR (Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform)

Precious in His Sight

Vermont Children’s Aid Society

Wide Horizons for Children

Yunona USA

 

Orphanages 

Abebech Gobena Orphanage and School

Adera Orphanage

African Cradle Orphanage

AHOPE

Ajuja Children’s Home

Almaz Orphanage

Atetegeb Worku Mtasebia Orphanage

Note: This document refers to the “Orphanage of Haregewoin Teferra.” The Atetegeb Worku Mtasebia Orphanage is the orphanage founded by Haregewoin Teferra.

Bahir Dar Bethetsanat Orphanage

Bahir Dar SOS Enfants Orphanage

Bench Maji Orphanage

Betazata Women’s Association

Please note that we found several similarly spelled organizations but could not determine whether they were the same or different: Betazata Women’s Association, Betaztha, Bethzatha Children’s Home Association, and Bethzatha Orphanage. We have listed each separately.

Betaztha

Please note that we found several similarly spelled organizations but could not determine whether they were the same or different: Betazata Women’s Association, Betaztha, Bethzatha Children’s Home Association, and Bethzatha Orphanage. We have listed each separately.

Bethel Children’s Home

Bethzatha Children’s Home Association

Please note that we found several similarly spelled organizations but could not determine whether they were the same or different: Betazata Women’s Association, Betaztha, Bethzatha Children’s Home Association, and Bethzatha Orphanage. We have listed each separately.

Bethzatha Orphanage

Please note that we found several similarly spelled organizations but could not determine whether they were the same or different: Betazata Women’s Association, Betaztha, Bethzatha Children’s Home Association, and Bethzatha Orphanage. We have listed each separately.

Better Futures’ Transition Home

Biftu Orphanage

Blessing the Children Orphanage

CCA/CCE

Children Cross Connection

DUWAW Orphanage:

Elolam Care for Children

Enat Alem Orphanage

Enaitlem

Ethio Vision

Faith Children’s Home

Faya Orphanage

Foundation for Children’s Hope

Gelgela Orphanage

Hanna Children’s Home

Helawi Foundation

Help for Needy Orphanage

HIDOTA for Children’s Hope

Holt International’s Orphanage

Holy Saviour Orphanage

Human Brotherhood Organization

Hunde Orphanage

Infants (SOS)

Initiative Ethiopia

Joseph Children’s Home

Kebebe Tsehaye Orphanage

Kechene Orphanage

Kenbata Orphanage

Kidane Mehret

Kids Care of Missionaries of Charity

Kids Care Orphanage

Kingdom Vision

Layla

Matti Orphanage

Minnesota Children’s Home Orphanage

Moses Children’s Home

Mother Teresa Orphanage

Orphan, Vulnerable People and Old Women’s Association

Saleenat Orphanage

Segeda Orphanage

Selaam Orphanage

Shalom Orphanage

Shashemene Orphanage

SOS Arba Minch

Special Mission Community Based Development

St. Francis Orphanage/St. Francisco Orphanage

Tikuret for Women and Children

Twarina Wolaj Yatu Yemebeletoch Ena Yelijoch Bet Orphanage

Vision Orphanage

World Vision Orphanage

Yengda Hitsanat Merga Derejit Orphanage

Yeengida Hisranat Merja Birisit Orphanage

Yezalalem Minch

Yibera Orphanage

NOTE: Please note that there have been several U.S.-based adoption agencies with the same initials and very similar names: Adoption Advocates Incorporated; Adoption Advocates International; Adoption Associates Incorporated; Adoption Associates International; and Adoption Avenues. Three of these are no longer in business; one was not mentioned in these documents. When documents refer to “AAI,” we have contacted all these agencies asking for comment.


This page from the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism website offers documentation of and background about serious irregularities in international adoption. 


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