Even after I'd been working here a while, it wasn't until I started the blog and started getting links from Adoption sites and blogs, and comments from adoptive parents getting ready to come to Addis that I realized that adoption of Ethiopian children by Foreigners is a big deal. In 2005, 441 children were adopted from Ethiopia to the USA. And America is only one of many destinations for Ethiopian children. Now that I'm aware, I see adoptive parents all over Addis. For example, on my daily walk through the Hilton lobby on my way to the gym, one regularly sees white couples with Ethiopian babies. On a recent trip to Fasika, a restaurant frequented by foreigners, I saw a large group of white people, each couple with one or two Ethiopian babies. (I think they were speaking German, but it could have been Dutch.)
I wonder how Ethiopians view this situation? Is it a good thing because these children, rather than growing up in an orphanage, will have loving parents who really want them? Or is it seen as a loss of the most precious resource: the next generation? One is starting to read articles about brain drain in the local papers. Is adoption seen as baby-drain?