Adopting from Ethiopia: Priceless

Thanks to Jane Jeong Trenka for this one (with a few additions):

– Cost to adopt an Ethiopian child from Children’s Home Society of Minnesota: $15,500 – $21,500 (for one child)

– Cost to hire an Ethiopian "escort": $2,700 plus the cost of the airplane ticket for children over 2 years old.

– Ethiopian Gross National Income per capita: $110 (U.S.)

– Number of average yearly per capita Ethiopian incomes a single adoption fee could supply: 140-195

– Number of Ethiopians in Minnesota: estimated to be over 8,000

– Number of people identifying as African Americans in Minnesota: 171,000-202,000

– Number of Ethiopian or African Americans on the Ethiopian Adoption Program Staff: 0 (click on See/Print a flyer)

– Number of inches of adspace CHSM places in Immigrant News: 0

– Number of languages spoken in Ethiopia: 86

– Number of pages on the CHSM website written in languages other than English: 0

– Number of adopted Ethiopian children in the Family Photo Album on the CHSM web site: 69

– Number of those children pictured with their white, adoptive families: 45

– Number of those children pictured with their African or African American adoptive parent(s)/families: 1

– Number of African countries that have ratified the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoptions: 3

– Number of those countries named Ethiopia: 0

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

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