Adoptee Search: Boy Born 2009 Wolaita Sodo Adopted 2010 USA through Gladney via Initiative Ethiopia Child and Family Support

Adoptive Parent searching for Ethiopian family of boy, birth name Madebo Elias, born 2009 and relinquished in Wolaita Sodo. Ethiopian mother’s name was listed as Tigist A.. Ethiopian father is listed as Elias and he was said to be deceased. However all of this information may be inaccurate as two searches have not been unable to find any evidence to support it. He wasa dopted to the USA in 2010 through Gladney  via Initiative Ethiopia Child and Family Support.

Submitted by Adoptive Parent searching for Ethiopian family

Child’s Information

Age of Child in Photo
3 months

Gender of Child Boy

Ethnicity of Child Wolayta

Year of child’s birth  2009

Name of child at the time of adoption Madebo Elias

Ethiopian birth name of child Madebo Elias

Age of child at adoption 0-12 months

Year child was adopted 2010

Give information about child’s Ethiopian family Mother (living)–Tigist A.  Father (deceased)–Elias (no second name given)

Relinquishment or Abandonment Information

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

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 2009

To the best of your knowledge, child was Relinquished

Region of relinquishment Nationalities, and Peoples Region, Southern Nations

Zone of relinquishment Nationalities, and Peoples Region, Wolayita – Southern Nations

City/town of relinquishment Wolaita Sodo (Sodo)

Name and relationship of relinquishing adult Tigist A.–mother

Do you believe child(ren) were relinquished willingly? No

If you answered “No” to the previous question, please explain The identifying information for the birthfather and extended family members was incomplete.  We hired 2 separate searchers after we returned home and neither was able to find the birthmother or any evidence to support what we have been told.  One searcher suggested that the birthmother was living in Addis and claimed Wolayta to avoid prosecution of relinquishment.

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed Gladney Center for Adoption (USA)

List adoption agency workers with titles if known Belay Tafesse

Adoptive Country USA

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Initiative Ethiopia Child and Family Support

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

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

City/Town of orphanage or care center UNKNOWN city or town

Orphanage/care center #2

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption UNKNOWN orphanage

Orphanage or care center workers and their titles, if known Moved from orphanage to Gladney Care Center in Addis Ababa

Region of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa Region

Zone of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa zone

City/Town of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa  city or town

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