2009 special report on Ethiopian child adoption agencies and how they exploit Ethiopian children and families.
“This is Tegene, he’s a little abandoned child,” says the presenter on Christian World Adoption’s DVD catalogue of orphans.
On the other side of the world, Lisa Boe fell in love. She adopted Tegene, who one day identified his real ‘mom’ in a photograph.
“I would have never brought home a child that had a mom, never,” she cries.
Children have become Ethiopia’s latest export. A lack of regulation and the $100 million annual revenue, has resulted in a completely corrupt adoption industry. ‘Harvesting’, an illegal process in which children are actively sought from their parents, is commonplace.
“The parents don’t understand that the children are now legally someone else’s,” explains a former worker at CWA.
Most agencies tell the parents they’ll receive regular updates on their children. Yet mothers of children like Tegene, say they have heard nothing for years –
“As a mother, not to be able to know my kids’ situation hurts me so much”.
For more news on industry practices, go to Adoptionland.org