Adoptee Search: Boy Born 2009 Found by Azega River in Durame Adopted to the USA through Children’s House International and Bethzatha Children’s Home Association

Adoptive parents searching for the Ethiopian family of a male born in 2009 and found abandoned below a eucalyptus tree next to the Azega River at or near Angacha woreda in Durame, SNNPR. He was adopted in 2010 to the USA through Children’s House International and Bethzatha Children’s Home Association.

Submitted by Adoptive Parent

Child’s Information

Age of Child in Photo 3 months
Age of Child in Photo
3 months

Gender of Child male

Year of child’s birth  2009

Ethiopian birth Name of Child Mikias (one report said Mikias Berhanu, but this was likely because the man who reportedly found him was named Berhanu)

Name of child at the time of adoption Mikias (Miki)

Age when child entered care center or orphanage 0-12 months

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 2009

Age of child at adoption 1

Year child was adopted 2010

Number of siblings/cousins adopted with the child 0

Number of siblings/cousins adopted to other families 0

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed Children’s House International (USA)

Ethiopian representative of adoption agency Abdissa Benti (no longer working with CHI)

Country to which the child was adopted USA

Receiving country representative Lisa Anderson, Alicia Gaston, Patty Fuchs (retired)

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center through which the child was processed Bethzatha Children’s Home Association

Orphanage or care center representative Abera Berhanu

Region of orphanage or care center Nationalities, and Peoples Region, Southern Nations

Zone of orphanage or care center Nationalities, and Peoples Region, Kembata Tembaro – Southern Nations

City/Town of orphanage or care center –UNKNOWN city or town

Additional information about this orphanage or care center Police report was from Durame, so we believe that the Bethzatha orphanage in Durame is where he was first processed. Also, some of his initial paperwork was signed by Samuel Getahun.

Orphanage/care center #2

Orphanage or care center through which the child was processed Thomas Center

Orphanage or care center representative Dates are confused in the paperwork, but our son could have been at the Thomas Center for eight months prior to adoption.

Other orphanage or care center workers Daniel, Adunya, Mulumebet (nanny)

Region of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa Region

Zone of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa – Addis Ababa Region

City/Town of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa

Information for Abandoned Children

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Age of Child in Photo 1 year

Name of person who found the child Berhanu M.

Relationship or title of person who found the child No relation that we know of.

Region where child was found Nationalities, and Peoples Region, Southern Nations

Zone where child was found Nationalities, and Peoples Region, Kembata Tembaro – Southern Nations

City/town where child was found Durame

Police Officer involved with the case Daniel Buke

Others who assisted the child Markos A., Meserach M.

Additional information that could be useful in making a match Police report stated that Miki was found around 7:30pm wrapped in a green towel below a eucalyptus tree next to the Azega River at or near Angacha woreda. Berhanu M. supposedly took care of him for one night prior to turning Miki over to Durame police. There is a chance that his birthmother may have been ill.

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