Adoptee Search: Boy born 1995 Adopted to USA in 2000 through Americans for African Adoptions via Kebebe Tsehai

Adoptive Parent Searching for Ethiopian Family of boy Tamrat Zewdie. He was born around 1995 and entered orphanage in 1998. He’s age is uncertain and he may have been as old at 7-8 years at adopting in 2000. He was adopted to the USA through Americans for African Adoptions via Kebebe Tsehai in 2000.  His paperwork states he was abandoned however the Ethiopian rep of the adoption agency later stated he was placed in the orphanage by his father following the death of his mother.

Submitted by Adoptive Parent

Child’s Information

Tamrat age 5- 7

Gender of Child Boy

Year of child’s birth 1995

Ethiopian birth name of child Tamrat Zewdie

Age of child at adoption 5 years

Year child was adopted 2000

Give information about child’s Ethiopian family, if known. At first the adoptive family was told that Tamrat was found abandoned. However Sister Matagbosh Asmare, agency rep in Ethiopia, later told them that Tamrat’s father had relinquished him after his mother’s death.

Additional information Tamrat is about 5’5” He is thin, naturally muscular, agile, and athletic. His hair is thick and wavy/and soft. He has smaller eyes and small features with a very big beautiful smile.

Relinquishment or Abandonment Information

Age when child entered care center or orphanage 2 years

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 1998

To the best of your knowledge, child was Abandoned

Region child(ren) found Addis Ababa Region

Zone child(ren) found Addis Ababa – Addis Ababa Region

City/town child(ren) found Addis Ababa

Details of child(ren)’s abandonment We were told that he was found starving in a trash dump in Addis Ababa. We now believe this was not true. Sister Mantagbosh years later said that he was placed in the orphanage by his father after his Mother died.

Adoption Agency Information

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

List adoption agency workers with titles if known Sister Mantagbosh Asmare was the facilitator in Ethiopia who worked for American for African Adoptions. She facilitated all the adoptions. Located children for adoption in the orphanages and in the countryside. Her sister Almaz was head of the house mothers in the foster home. The drivers name was Zallihun.

Adoptive Country USA

Additional information regarding adoption agency and/or country of adoption During the time frame we adopted our children from Ethiopia through this Agency many children were placed with families who had been told fabricated stories about whether the children had living parents. Several of the older adoptees have found the truth and their families, or found partial truth and are still trying to find them.

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Kebebe Tsehay

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 used in the adoption Americans for African Adoptions Foster Home

Orphanage or care center workers and their titles, if known: Sister Mantagbosh; Her sister Almaz; House mother Ababa

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

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