Ethiopia, homeland of Angelina Jolie’s daughter Zahara, has banned the adoption of children by foreigners amid fears some are facing neglect and abuse in their new lives abroad.
Politicians in the east African country say orphans and vulnerable youngsters should be cared for and protected through local support systems rather than risk uncertain futures overseas.
The ban came about amid outrage after an Ethiopian girl was starved to death by a US couple in 2011.
Thousands of Americans have adopted children from Ethiopia – among them Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who adopted daughter Zahara Marley from the country in 2005.
Legislation was passed in Ethiopia’s parliament despite concerns over the availability of local adoption facilities.
Between 1999 and 2016, there were more than 15,000 adoptions from Ethiopia to America, according to the US Department of State.
But this practice was put under the spotlight after a US couple were of convicted of manslaughter in the gruesome starvation and hypothermia death of a teenage girl they adopted from Ethiopia.
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