Adoptee Search: Girl From Wolayta Adopted to USA at Age 6 through Christian World Adoption and Children’s Cross Connection

Adoptee search: Female born in 2005 adopted at age 6 in 2011 to the USA. The adoption was processed through Christian World Adoption CWA and Children’s Cross Connection. She was found by a woman named Simegne and taken to the orphanage. 

Submitted by Adoptive Parent searching for Ethiopian family of child

Child’s Information

Age in photo 4-5 years
Age in photo 4-5 years

Gender of Child female

Ethnicity of Child Wolayta

Year of child’s birth 2005

Ethiopian birth Name of Child Unknown

Name of child at the time of adoption Tseganesh Merkato

Ethiopian family members’ names, if known Unknown

Age when child entered care center or orphanage 5

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 2010

Age of child at adoption 6

Year child was adopted 2011

Additional information about siblings Possibly a much older brother/cousin

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed Christian World Adoption (USA) CWA

Country to which the child was adopted USA

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center through which the child was processed Children’s Cross Connection Soddo

Region of orphanage or care center SNNPR Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region – Wolayta, Wolaitta, Wolayita Soddo Sodo

City/Town of orphanage or care center Sodo (Wolaita Sodo)

Orphanage/care center #2

Orphanage or care center through which the child was processed Christian World Adoption Transition Home, Addis Ababa

Information for Abandoned Children

Age in photo 4-5 years
Age in photo 4-5 years

Name of person who found the child Simegne

Relationship or title of person who found the child No known relationship – stated she found Tseganesh standing next to a bush/tree, near the road across from her house.

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

Police Officer involved with the case Name unknown – a senior male officer tried to interview Tseganesh, with Ms. Simegne present, but she could not or would not speak, and was subsequently taken to Children’s Cross Connection.

Additional information that could be useful in making a match Tseganesh remembers her mother as possibly being older or slightly crippled – perhaps using a cane to walk.

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