EAC now offers ongoing contact support to adoptive families and adoptees. These paid services are performed by our experienced, trained social workers and as well as our volunteer board members. All fees go back into our programs in Ethiopia. When you use Beteseb Felega (EAC) for ongoing contact or consultation, you are directly contributing to our mission of providing the gift of history to Ethiopian adoptees.
Are your database and reconnection services still free? Yes! Reconnections made via our website database and Ethiopian social workers are still free to all. Reconnection via the database or a social worker in Ethiopia typically consists of a basic social report going to and from both parties along with the exchange of direct contact information. Ethiopian families reconnected by us are welcome to send a message through our offices any time at no cost. As we are in great need of funds to expand, we encourage all who use our database to make a small good faith contribution to our work.
Why aren’t your ongoing contact services free? We would love for everything to be free, and we believe every adoptee deserves a relationship with his or her family of origin. However, the reality is that this work is extremely time consuming. Fundraising for this project is slow; as important as it is, post adoption support, and in our case social assistance to Ethiopian families, is not as compelling as other non profit work. Most of our funds have been gifted from our Board Members who also donate their time.
Is the idea of birth family contact new to you? Do you have more questions than can be answered by our website? One of our experienced volunteers can help. We require that you send us your questions in advance so that we can give you the best help possible. A one hour phone consultation is $200. Consultations are free to adult adoptees living without adoptive family support. Be sure to check our website thoroughly to see if your questions are answered here already. Our ABOUT and RESOURCES pages are good places to start.
In order for us to provide these services in Addis Ababa, we first need a social worker there. Please donate if you would like to support our expansion.
Email EthiopianAdoptionConnection @ gmail.com to access these services.