The 5th International Policy Conference on the African Child (IPC) was launched on Tuesday in Addis Ababa.The two-day conference was organized under the theme "Inter-country Adoption: Alternatives and Controversies".
The Minister said giving priority to best interests of children helps to prevent psychological problems resulting from color and racial discrimination.
Some 6000 Ethiopian children were adopted by foreigners in 2009, she said, adding, the number has decreased to 2000 children annually during the last two years following wide-ranging activities of the government in community based services.According to a 2009 report of Save the Children, there are an estimated 58 million orphans in Africa. Some 80 per cent of children in orphanages around the world have a living parent.
The African Child Policy Forum on the occasion called on African states to take rapid measures to reduce child adoption in the continent.More than 41,000 African children were sent overseas for adoption from the year 2003-2011.
High level African officials including Uganda's First Lady Janet Museveni are attending the conference. (ERTA)