Ethiopian Adoption Connection’s mission has two goals:
- To reconnect adoptees with their families in Ethiopia and assist them in establishing long term, independent contact
- To empower Ethiopian families who have lost children to adoption by providing:
emotional and social support through caseworker led discussion groups
education about the system through which their children were adopted
meaningful, realistic information about reunion, potential reunion, and ongoing contact with their adopted children
Wolayta Soddo, Ethiopia
EAC’s Wolayta Soddo project began in 2016 through a partnership with Wolaitta Development Association.
Wolayta is a zone in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ (SNNPR) Region of Ethiopia. Wolayta zone has 12 administrative Woreda or districts. The names are 1/ Soddo Zuriya- Sodo 2/Damot Gale- Boditi 3/ Damot Woyde- Bedesa 4/ Duguna Fango- Bitana 5/Boloso Bombe-Bombe 6/ Boloso Sore-Areka 7/ Damot Pulasa- Shanto 8/Kindo Koysha- Bele 9/Damot Sore- Gununo 10/ Kindo Didaye Halale 11/ Ofa- Gesuba 12/ Humbo Tebela.
See our photos of Wolayta.
EAC has a full time caseworker dedicated to our mission. Prior to beginning her work, she attended a three day training session led by Kalkidan on material designed by Andrea and the EAC team including a natural mother. Our caseworker’s community outreach involves the following:
- sharing information about EAC: its mission, database, and discussion group(s).
- collecting adoption information from Ethiopian families seeking to make contact with their children through sharing letters, photos, etc., and to educate Ethiopian families on the perspectives of adoptive families and reasonable expectations for contact
- sharing EAC database submissions from adoptees/adoptive families wanting to make contact with family in Ethiopia.
- facilitating discussion group(s) for mothers and fathers whose children were adopted abroad.