Adoptee Search: Boy from SNNPR Born 2008 Adopted 2009 to the USA through Gladney via Initiative Ethiopia

Adoptive Parent searching for Ethiopian family of boy born late 2008. The name of his maternal grandfather was reported to be Yehaualashet and he was also given this name.His mother may have been named Meskerem and she may be from Dila. In Dec 2008, she approached the Yirga Alem police station asking for assistance with relinquishing the child to the Initiative Ethiopia-Yirga Alem orphanage, SNNPR. He was adopted in 2009 to the USA through Gladney.

Submitted by Adoptive Parent searching for Ethiopian family

Child’s Information

Age of Child in Photo
3 months

Gender of Child Boy

Year of child’s birth  2008

Name of child at the time of adoption Yehualashet

Ethiopian birth name of child Yehualashet

Age of child at adoption 0-12 months

Year child was adopted 2009

Additional information Child 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 Nationalities, and Peoples Region, Southern Nations

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

City/town of relinquishment –UNKNOWN city or town

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 (the child’s maternal grandfather) is Yehaualashet. That also happened to be the Inspector’s father, so the Inspector named the child Yehualashet.

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed IN ETHIOPIA 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 B., Amarech D., Alemnesh S., Woinshet M.

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 Yirga Alem

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