Boy born in 2007, found in West Arsi, adopted to the USA in 2008 via Adoption Advocates (WA, USA)

Male born in 2007, found in West Arsi, Kebele Alelu, in the Ersha Sebel area. Spent time at Sele Enat orphanage and Hayat Hospital before being taken to Layla House. Adopted to the USA in 2008 at age 0-12 months.

Submitted by Adoptive parent searching for child’s Ethiopian family

Child’s Information

Age of Child in Photo 1-2 months
Age of Child in Photo 1-2 months

Gender of Child male

Ethnicity of Child UNKNOWN

Year of child’s birth 2007

Ethiopian birth Name of Child UNKNOWN (Rahmeto–name thought to be given by family that found him abandoned)

Name of child at the time of adoption Rahmeto

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

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 2007

Age of child at adoption – best guess as to real age 0-12 months

Year child was adopted 2008

Number of siblings/cousins adopted with the child 0

Number of siblings/cousins adopted to other families 0

Additional information about the child ear pits, both ears

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed Adoption Advocates International (WA, USA)

Country to which the child was adopted USA

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center through which the child was processed Sele Enat

Region of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa Region

Zone of orphanage or care center UNKNOWN 

City/Town of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa

Orphanage/care center #2

Orphanage or care center through which the child was processed Layla House

Orphanage or care center representative Gail Gorfe

Region of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa Region

Zone of orphanage or care center UNKNOWN

City/Town of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa

Information for Abandoned Children

Name of person who found the child Benda B

Relationship or title of person who found the child thought to be unrelated

Region where child was found Oromia Region

Zone where child was found West Arsi – Oromia Region

City/town where child was found Shashamane

Police Officer involved with the case Degefa Fereda, Inspector, Sashamane Police

Additional information that could be useful in making a match Per Ms. Benda B, registered on record number 05/99, 1 month old baby was found abandoned in Kebele Alelu, in the Ersha Sebel area on July 14, 2007 around 5pm. He stayed with Ms. Benda B. a few days, before becoming ill and being sent to Sile Enat orphanage in Addis Ababa, and then immediately admitted to Hayat Hospital. A photo of the woman who found the baby is available.

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