Ethiopia: U.S. Adoption Agency Involved in Ethiopian Child Trafficking

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A Minnesota-based adoption agency had its license to work in Ethiopia revoked by the government there, according to a letter posted (Read The Revocation Letters at the bottom ) this week on the U.S. State Department’s website here.

The letter, dated December 9, 2010, says the agency Better Futures Adoption Services (BFAS), “has been involved in child trafficking.” The letter is signed by the director general of the Charities and Society Agency. That agency and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, which both oversee international adoptions of Ethiopian children, had been “researching” allegations into BFAS activities.
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According to the letter the adoption agency was, “Falsifying documents of children with biological parents, in collaboration with orphanages involved in illegal acts to show that they are abandoned and using these documents to obtain final court decision for international adoption, on top of many illegal acts that are still being investigated, were confirmed [sic].”

BFAS has the motto, “The child you lift today will lift the world tomorrow!” and calls itself a “unique Christian international adoption agency focusing on adoptions solely from Ethiopia” and has been licensed by the government there as a non-governmental organization since 2007. The agency displays its motto

In e-mails sent to CBS News and posted on its site, BFAS says the accusations against it are false. One email, written by Agitu Wodajo, executive director of BFAS in Ethiopia, says the revocation letter is retaliation for a lawsuit they filed locally against the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and that the minister of that agency does not support the charges in the letter.

But the US State Department deemed the allegations strong enough to issue an adoption alert on its website, to notify American families who were using or planning to use the agency to adopt a child from Ethiopia. The alert “strongly recommends” that those Americans seek legal counsel. State Department officials did not respond to a request for comment.

There were 2277 adoptions of Ethiopian children to the US in 2009, up from just 731 three years earlier. As CBS News reported last April, that dramatic spike in the number of foreign adoptions from that country has opened the country up to cases of adoption fraud and trafficking in children.

Source: CBS News

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A letter from state department revoked Minnesota based Better Futures Adoption Services (BFAS) for child trafficking

Better Futures Revocation of License – Amharic Translation

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Better Futures adoption agency Revocation of License - Amharic Translation

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  1. SAY NO TO ADOPTION PERIOD !!!!!! THE CASES OF ABUSE ARE HORRIFYING….ABSOLUTLY HORRIFYING !!!! YOU HAVE ENOUGH CHILDREN IN THE STREETS OF AMERICA…TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN. OR BETTER YET, CLEAN UP THE ELITE PEDOFILE RINGS THAT HAVE INFESTED YOUR COUNTRY TO THE CORE!!!!! LET THIS BE A WARNING… A LITTLE GIRL BY THE NAME OF HANNA, AGED 11 WAS FOUND OUTSIDE HER ” HOME “, FROZEN TO DEATH. THIS MADNESS HAS TO STOP AND IT HAS TO STOP NOW……

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