Adoptee Search: Boy Born 2008 from Awassa, SNNPR Adopted 2009 to USA through Wide Horizons for Children via Ajuja Orphanage

Adoptive Parent searching for Ethiopian family of boy from Awassa, born 2008. Hezkel was relinquished by his aunt Elfnesh in 2009 after the deaths of his parents. He was adopted to the USA in 2009 through Wide Horizons for Children via Ajuja Orphange and Horizon House.

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Child’s Information

Hezkel, 9 months

Gender of Child Boy

Ethnicity of Child Sidama

Year of child’s birth 2008

Ethiopian birth name of child Hezkel Mengistu

Age of child at adoption 1 years

Year child was adopted 2009

Give information about child’s Ethiopian family, if known. Maternal aunt, Elfnesh T; her children, Tedros and Bisquit. They live in the area of Aleto Wondo.

Relinquishment or Abandonment Information

Age when child entered care center or orphanage 0-12 months

Hezkel, 14 months

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 2009

To the best of your knowledge, child was Relinquished

Region of relinquishment Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region

Zone of relinquishment Awassa Zone

City/town of relinquishment Awasa / Awassa / Hawassa

Name and relationship of relinquishing adult Maternal Aunt Elfnesh T.

Do you believe child(ren) were relinquished willingly? Yes. 

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed  Wide Horizons for Children (USA)

List adoption agency workers with titles if known Mulat Gimray; Nannies Elizbet Tisfaye and Dongei Buna; Nurse Sister Askala

Adoptive Country USA

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Ajuja Orphanage

Region of orphanage or care center Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region

Zone of orphanage or care center Awassa zone

City/Town of orphanage or care center Awassa

Orphanage/care center #2

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Horizon Houses 1 and 2

Orphanage or care center workers and their titles, if known Mulat Gimray; Nannies Elizbet Tisfaye and Dongei Buna; Nurse Sister Askala

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

Additional information that could be useful to the case Hezkel was relinquished by his maternal aunt Elfnesh T when he was 9 months of age after the death of his father Mengistu A in Oct. 2008 and his mother Meskerem T in Feb. 2009. Their residence was listed as Sidama Zone, Aleta-Wondo Woreda. He was relinquished in April 2009 to the Ajuja Orphanage.

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