Families in the dark as adoption chief quits

Editor’s note
Updated Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:16am AEST
On 8 July 2010 the ABC published a story titled “Families in the Dark as Adoption Chief Quits” and on 16 March 2010 the ABC published a story titled “Australians Caught in Ethiopian Adoption Nightmare”, which reported on matters concerning the Australian Ethiopian adoption program.
The ABC has received a complaint from Ato Lakew Gebeyehu claiming these publications were defamatory of him. The ABC would like to make clear that it did not intend to infer that Mr Gebeyehu created false documents or that he otherwise engaged in corrupt or improper conduct or activities detrimental to children in his care or the performance of his functions, and retracts any such inference.
The ABC apologises to Mr Gebeyehu and his family for any distress caused by any readers believing he was personally involved in those matters. The ABC also acknowledges that problems in the Australian-Ethiopian adoption program were reported by the parents of three Australian families but that other parents involved in the program have reported positive experiences with the program.