Adoptive Parent searching for Ethiopian family of boy, born in 2004, found on a well-used trail by the local mill in Arsi Negele. He was at Wanna House which was later made part of Layla House and adopted to the USA in 2005 through Adoption Advocates International.
Submitted by Adoptive Parent
Gender of Child Boy
Year of child’s birth 2004
Name of child at the time of adoption Mamush Bekele (name used in orphanage)
Ethiopian birth name of child Bekele (given to him by family who found him)
Age of child at adoption 0-12 months
Year child was adopted 2005
Give information about child’s Ethiopian family, if known. No information available.
Relinquishment or Abandonment Information
Age when child entered care center or orphanage 0-12 months
Year child entered a care center or orphanage 2004
To the best of your knowledge, child was Abandoned
Region child(ren) found Oromia Region
Zone child(ren) found Arsi – Oromia Region
City/town child(ren) found Arsi Negele
Details of child(ren)’s abandonment He was found by a couple on a well-used trail by the local mill in Arsi Negele. The police drove him up to Addis Ababa to the orphanage.
Adoption Agency Information
Adoption agency through which the child was processed IN ETHIOPIA Adoption Advocates International (USA)
Adoptive Country USA
Additional information regarding adoption agency and/or country of adoption He was at Wanna House which was later made part of Layla House.
Orphanage/care center #1
Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Wanna House, which later combined with Layla House
Region of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa Region
City/Town of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa
Additional information that could be useful to the case He was very sick when found. The couple who found him cared for him for about 4 months in Arsi Negele but turned him over to the police as they were worried about his health.