February 15, 2011

Alert: Revocation of License: Better Futures Adoption Services

The U.S. Embassy was informed by Better Future Adoption Services' (BFAS) Addis Ababa office on February 4, 2011, that the Charities and Societies Agency revoked its license to operate in Ethiopia on December 9, 2010, because of alleged misuse of its license. BFAS further stated to the U.S. Embassy that it has initiated a legal appeal of the decision with the Government of Ethiopia. The Government of Ethiopia has not provided information for families in process with BFAS on how this revocation will affect their cases.

The U.S. Embassy strongly recommends that prospective adoptive parents who have entered into an agreement with Better Future Adoption Services, or who are planning to adopt through Better Future Adoption Services, seek the advice of a legal professional.

The Embassy's Adoptions Unit can be reached at

Please continue to monitor for updated information as it becomes available.