Ethiopia bans foreign adoptions

"Ethiopia has banned the adoption of children by foreigners amid concerns they face abuse and neglect abroad," says this article from BBC News. The 2013 conviction of a US couple for killing their adopted Ethiopian daughter triggered a debate about the adoption of Ethiopian children out of the country and the adoption process in Ethiopia has raised concern among child rights groups who note that the system is vulnerable to abuse by human traffickers. In light of these and other issues, the country has decided to discontinue foreign adoptions. Domestic adoptions, however, will still be permitted and the Ethiopian government will now be looking to more local solutions for children without parental care.