ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ethiopian lawmakers have approved a ban on foreign adoptions amid concerns about mistreatment of children overseas.
The approval came after rare heated debate as some lawmakers worried that the East African nation does not have enough child care centers to handle the effects of the ban.
Ethiopia had been among the top 10 countries for adoptions in the United States, according to State Department figures released last year.
The U.S. in November warned that Ethiopian authorities were tightening restrictions on adoptions and that the State Department would continue to engage Ethiopia's government "to address its concerns."
Ethiopia's new National Child Policy says orphans should grow up only in their homeland while honoring their culture and traditions.
Actress Angelina Jolie is among the people who have adopted a child from Ethiopia.