Thank you. You have no idea what you’ve done for me. This is the happiest day of my life. I hoped for this moment for long time. God bless you.

– Ethiopian Sibling Reunited

An Ethiopian mother receiving a letter from America

“I support Beteseb Felega (EAC) because I’ve seen the tears of Ethiopian mothers desperate for news of their children adopted abroad. I’ve heard adoptees who have so many questions about their own life stories. They all deserve the truth. They deserve connection. They deserve to find each other, and Beteseb Felega (EAC) helps make that happen.”  – Adoptive Mother

Thank you for your effort that fulfilled my long sleepless dream and released my mind from burden. The sisters [of the adoptee] when I met physically and communicate on telephone we end up with tears of joy. Now thanks to God and you every burden has gone. Dear Andrea, words may not be enough to express my feeling to your deeds but no other way.  – Miheret, reunited uncle in Ethiopia

“My child’s mother would be lost if she didn’t know her daughter was safe. Beteseb Felega (EAC) helps make this a reality.” – Adoptive Mother

My biological family is so happy to be in contact with my little sister and me. Truly, that is the best gift that you could ever give to a child. I now don’t have to stay up late at night wondering if my family is okay? What have they been up to? Whether they are still alive? If they have the things they need to live another day? All of these things that I used to worry about and fear: of not being able to tell my mom that I love her more than anything and to let my brothers know that they are the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Now I am at peace, knowing that my family is okay. It’s really reassuring and now I am happier than ever. I am so thankful for EAC. My family is filled with gratitude and hope that other adopted children will reconnect with their families as well. It is our hopes, wishes, and dreams as adopted children to find our birth family. – Amarech, reunited adoptee

It was so great – laughter, tears yelling – the whole bit! You are doing saintly work and I don’t know how to articulate how tremendous this is in our lives.  It fills a big space in our children’s hearts. I bless the day you emailed!  This is as big as it gets!!!! – Melanie, adoptive mother with children reunited

A boy in Wolayta reconnected by EAC. He is looking at a photo of his brother who was adopted to the USA.

I want to express my appreciation to Beteseb Felega (EAC) for the excellent job you have done for my family’s friend, whose children were adopted to Europe in the year 1995. Since then both sides did not hear from each other or the adoptive family even though the father was looking and searching for them for more than twenty years.

Anyone who is a parent can imagine how painful it was. Luckily we found the organization called Beteseb Felega (EAC) and posted the information on the website which was a very simple process and for free. Then miracle happened, Beteseb Felega (EAC) found the children with in a short time that is in less than a month. Now one of the children and the father are talking over phone and they also have exchanged photos and videos thanks to EAC.

I witnessed how supportive and encouraging Andrea was during the process of connecting this long lost family. I want to say thank you for the noble work you do and to those who support you to fulfill this vision which ignites hope to those who do not know how their adopted is and to the children who are left in the dark about their roots. – Melkamua

Today is the happiest day of my life. Because of you I finally have the chance to meet my brother and my little sister. The [adoptive] parents emailed me a minute ago and they told me that they are willing to meet me, they even told me that my little brother still remembers me and told them about me when they got them. I don’t even know how to thank you. I don’t have words. May god fill your life with happiness. – Hilina, Ethiopian sister reconnected with her adopted siblings

For such a long time I’ve been curious about finding my roots, with no knowledge how to start. And the opportunity to get all that help from you is beyond anything I could’ve asked for. Thank you Beteseb Felega! – H, reunited adult adoptee

I have never heard someone release such deep emotion of joy and relief and overwhelming gratitude for something in my entire life. I have never been so humbled to my knees in emotion. I have never been happier for someone having something they have so deeply desired in my entire life. Sometimes we stop wanting for something when we don’t think we can have it, and sometimes we don’t even know what is missing until it is found. – Christina, adoptive parent with a child reconnected by EAC.

How do I begin to Thank You, for finding our children’s younger sister? We didn’t think we would ever find her, we searched for three years. As my son said, “We are complete!” Thank you is not enough. We pray blessing for you! – A, adoptive mother

I cannot explain the feeling that I got when I received the news from EAC saying that my biological family is looking for me. That is the best news I’ve ever received. For the past 7 years I have wondered and prayed a lot about seeing and talking to my family again. I did not think that it was possible and I almost gave up on the idea but thanks to Beteseb Felega (EAC), I now can talk to my family whenever I want. – Amarech, reunited adoptee

We are Christians and our praying came true. We were waiting for this and are very happy now. – Adoptive father, reconnected

My heart breaks every day for the mother who misses out on the joy of knowing the child I have the privilege of raising. I will never give up looking for her as long as I live. That is why i started Beteseb Felega (EAC).  –Andrea, Founder of EAC

Bridging continents and years of separation, Beteseb Felega (EAC) is helping families find their way back to each other. – Tracey, Board Member

The Ethiopian Adoption Connection team is amazing! They were able to find my family within months. Even with the little information I had about my family, they were able to track the right ones for me. They are fast, hardworking people and I can’t thank them enough.  Reunited Adult Adoptee

Praise for our ongoing contact services….

I’ve just had a great experience with Ethiopian Adoption Connection! I used their services to reconnect with my child’s birth family in the Wolayta region; they have a social worker who delivered a letter and photos to our daughter’s birth family, and emailed back a brief update with pictures.  Please consider using their services if you want to connect and/or find a family; they do charge for this service but having the confidence that a professional organization and social worker were doing the connecting made the cost well worth it.  Andrea, who runs the program, is very professional and the turnaround time was great.  We are so grateful to know that her birth family is okay, and the peace and joy that came over her face was priceless. Their website is also a good resource. – Carolyn, adoptive mother

I don’t know what to say. Thank you guys you did a great job.You helped me find my lost kids, now i am a happy person thank God. Blessings! — Ethiopian father reconnected with his children.

I support Beteseb Felega (EAC) because my daughter finally knows who she looks like, whose smile and eyes she has. Every child should have this gift.  –Adoptive Mother

Thank you very much. You have no idea what you’re done for me. My brother and sister were taken for adoption. For twelve years I have wondered about them. I can not explain the feeling. It was a very difficult time for me but God is good. I found you. I did not think they would be found. Amazingly you found them in one month. I’m lucky I found you. There are many Ethiopians like me. I wish they would find you too. Thank you for your generosity and no fee. You will receive to God. Thank you Andrea and Blene. God bless you.

I support EAC because when we found my daughter’s mother, she said, “I never thought I’d see or hear from her again”. No mother should live with that hopelessness.  –Adoptive Mother

Andrea, thank you so much for blessing me today. You asked me to come to speak for you, however, I am the one who came away most touched by your testimony and your mission. It literally brought me to tears, as I know the pain and suffering they endure every single day. YOU are making a difference in the precious lives of so many Ethiopian families. Thank you for loving these precious people! It takes a special person with love, compassion, and selflessness to do what I witnessed today. Every photo and story you shared today is planted deeply in my heart. God bless you friend and this amazing organization. – Jennifer Fredericksen, first grandmother

First I need to thank My Lord Jesus. Thank you. I don’t know how i will thank you. Any how I need to say God bless you. You answered our 16 years question in our life. We are all happy. Our sister now we talk to her. She is safe and alive so we thank you. Before we don’t know where she is but u did it because you have a good heart to help people. That is why you get our sister and you didn’t ask any money. It is free. Oh God please bless this family thank you, thank you, and thank you. – Saron, Reconnected Sister in Ethiopia

Dear Andrea,

Thank you for the information that you forwarded to Trish Maskew and for letting us know about your organization and its efforts. We will keep the information on file and share it as appropriate with entities that may have interest.

Sincerely,

Stefanie Eye
Senior Advisor
Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
Adoption@state.gov
Consultant, Tolliver Group