Friday, October 15, 2010
PEAR Releases Results of Ethiopia Survey of Adoptive Parents
This survey was based upon PEAR’s Mission and Prospective Adoptive Parent Bill of Rights, which can be found on our homepage at www.pear-now.org . The results will be discussed in the same order as the survey. Survey-taker’s suggestions that were given in comment areas will be listed at the end.
There were 31 different respondents (27.7 percent) who completed their adoptions and who experienced multiple, serious issues that are completely unacceptable.
PEAR believes that this data showing the inexcusable, including
* unethical practices of adoption service providers,
* coercion of birthfamilies, and
* lies to the adoptive triad
will, if not corrected, lead to the shutdown of the Ethiopia.
If the PEAR Prospective Adoptive Parent Bill of Rights were adhered to by adoption service providers, we feel that none of those serious issues would have occurred.
In light of the recent estimation from http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_16319030?nclick_check=1 that 23% of all intercountry adoptions to the US in fiscal 2010 will be from Ethiopia, we hope that the adoptive community reads this report thoroughly and realizes what is currently taking place in the adoption process in Ethiopia. The 19-page pdf report is accessible on our website at http://www.pear-reform.org/uploads/6/6/6/2/6662787/pear-ethiopia-survey-results.pdf.
We encourage all parties to become involved and join PEAR to reform these corrupt activities.
Footnote added to registered agency listing as follows:
The list of registered agencies was published in 2008. It is the only publicly accessible list of registered agencies provided by the Ethiopian government to adopting families and the general public http://www.ethiopianembassy.org/OtherResources/OtherResource.php?Page=AdoptionEthiopianChild.htm PEAR requested current information from the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington and MOWA on two occasions each (in 2009 and again in 2010) and we received no reply. We understand that Holt and WACAP report they are registered with the Ethiopian authorities and have documents supporting this status, but we have no way of independently verifying their current status without the cooperation of the Ethiopian government.
Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.