Adoptive Parent searching for Ethiopian family of boy born late 2008 GC. The name of his maternal grandfather was reported to be Yehualashet and he was also given this name. His mother may have been named Meskerem and she may be from Dila / Dilla. In Dec 2008, she approached the Yirga Alem police station asking for assistance with relinquishing the child to the Initiative Ethiopia – Yirga Alem Orphanage, Sidama. Yehualashet was adopted in 2009 to the USA through Gladney.
Submitted by Adoptive Parent searching for Ethiopian family
Gender of Child Boy
Year of child’s birth 2008
Name of child at the time of adoption Yehualashet
Age of child at adoption 0-12 months
Year child was adopted 2009
Additional information Yehualashet has a birthmark.
Relinquishment or Abandonment Information
Age when child entered care center or orphanage 0-12 months
Year child entered a care center or orphanage 2008
To the best of your knowledge, child was Relinquished
Region of relinquishment Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region SNNPR, Sidama
Zone of relinquishment Sidama
City/town of relinquishment Yirga Alem / Yirgalem
Name and relationship of relinquishing adult Mother relinquished child.
Do you believe child(ren) were relinquished willingly? Yes
Police officer involved with the case Police Inspector Meseret Y. F.
Additional information Inspector Meseret had contact with the mother. In December 2008, the child’s mother had recently given birth. She came to the Yirga Alem police station asking for assistance with relinquishing the child to the Initiative Ethiopia-Yirga Alem orphanage. Initially the orphanage refused to take the child because the mother did not have proper documentation. However, a story was put into place that compelled the orphanage to take in the child. Once the child was dropped off at the orphanage, the mother left. Inspector Meseret stated she thinks the mother’s name is Meskerem, and she may be from Dila, but is unsure. Meskerem told the Inspector that her father’s name (the child’s maternal grandfather) is Yehualashet. That also happened to be the name of the Inspector’s father, so the Inspector named the child Yehualashet.
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
Orphanage or care center workers and their titles, if known Chief Sajin SGT Berknesh Bokora, Amarech Degefa, Alemnesh Seme, Woinshet Matiyos
Region of orphanage or care center Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region SNNPR
Zone of orphanage or care center Sidama
City/Town of orphanage or care center Yirga Alem Yirgalem