Adoptee Search: Zekarias from Addis Ababa Born 1993 Adopted 2000 to the USA Via Americans for African Adoptions

Adoptee searching for his Ethiopian family and siblings. Zekarias was born in 1993 and placed in the orphanage by his 15 year old sister after the death of his parent in 1996. He was relinquished with a younger brother who was sick and transferred elsewhere. He remembers living in apartments in Addis Ababa and having other siblings perhaps as many as 3 older brothers in addition to his sister. He was adopted to the USA in 2000 through Americans for African Adoptions/ AFAA . He has a quarter size scar on the right side of his forehead shaped like a fish.

Submitted by Adopted Person/Adoptee searching for Ethiopian siblings and family

Child’s Information

Recent photo, age 23

Gender of Child male

Year of child’s birth 1993

Ethiopian birth Name of Child – include nicknames Zekarias

Name of child at the time of adoption Zekarias

Ethiopian family members’ names, if known unknown

Age when child entered care center or orphanage 3

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 1996

Age of child at adoption  7

Year child was adopted 2000

Number of siblings/cousins adopted with the child 0

Number of siblings/cousins adopted to other families 0

Additional information about the child Large scar that looks like a backwards goldfish on right side of forehead. Scar is about the size of a American quarter. Was taken to orphanage with little brother. Brother had disease so went to another place and not adopted with child.

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed Americans for African Adoptions (USA)

Additional adoption agency information orphanage I was at recently closed down was run by a woman who was stealing children

Ethiopian representative of adoption agency was a woman that ran the orphanage

Country to which the child was adopted USA

Receiving country representative woman, last name was Browne

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center through which the child was processed Americans for African Adoptions Foster Home

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

Additional information about this orphanage or care center Had a large gate, then an open courtyard where children played soccer. Left side no buildings right side a building and right in front is a large building with a door at the center. Only one story building.
Orphanage I was at recently closed down was run by a woman who was stealing children.

Orphanage/care center #2

Orphanage or care center through which the child was processed UNKNOWN orphanage

Information for Relinquished Children

Region where child was relinquished Addis Ababa region

Zone where child was relinquished Addis Ababa zone

City/town where child was relinquished Addis Ababa

Additional information about relinquishment Sister was 15 years old before parents passed away and she had to give us up. Had other siblings possibly 3 older brothers. Lived in apartments in Addis Ababa.

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