Boy born 1999 adopted to the USA in 2000 through Kechene using Americans for African Adoptions

Male born in 1999 and adopted to the USA in 2000 using Americans for African Adoptions. He was found in the Akaki Kality area on the main road going into Addis, near Alem Bank, then taken by police to Kechene Children’s Home. The director of Kechene Orphanage at the time was Tefere Agonafer – the adoptive family would like to speak to her/him.

Submitted by Adoptive parent searching for Ethiopian family

Child’s Information

Gender of Child: male

Age of Child in Photo 5-6 months
Age of Child in Photo 5-6 months

Ethnicity of Child: Possibly Oromo

Year of child’s birth: 1999

Ethiopian birth Name of Child: UNKNOWN

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

Year child entered a care center or orphanage: 1999

Age of child at adoption: 0-12 months

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: light skin, heavy eyebrows

Adoption Agency Information

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

Ethiopian representative of adoption agency: Mantegbosh

Other adoption agency workers: Sharweg, Sela

Country to which the child was adopted: USA

Receiving country representative: Cheryl Carter Shotts

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center through which the child was processed: Kechene Children’s Home – the director at the time was Tefere Agonafer / Tefere Agonafir / Tefere Agonifir- we would like to speak to her/him.

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

Orphanage/care center #2

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

Orphanage or care center representative: Mantegbosh

Other orphanage or care center workers: Sharweg, Sela

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

Age of Child in Photo 6-7 months
Age of Child in Photo 6-7 months

Name of person who found the child: Court documents state that Sgt Solomon Shimelis found the child and brought him to Kechene Children’s Home, however the Sgt does not remember the details of finding this particular child

Relationship or title of person who found the child: stranger / police officer

Region where child was found: Addis Ababa Region

City/town where child was found: Akaki

Police Officer involved with the case: Sgt Solomon Shimelis

Additional information that could be useful in making a match: We were told by the policeman the child was abandoned on the main road from Addis Ababa to Akaki in the Alem Bank area, a few blocks north of the city market area. The child may be from the East Shewa / Arsi area – Bishoftu, Adama, Assela, Abomsa, Assasa, Bokoji, Sagure, Kersa, Dhera, Etaya, Arsi Robe, Huruta, Debre Zeit, Metehara, Ziway, Shashemene, Kuyera, Negelle, or the Abjata-Shala area – Oromio Region

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