Adoptee Search: Girl Born 1993 in Jimma Adopted 1993 to USA through Selam Children’s Village

Adoptee searching for Ethiopian family. Girl born in 1993 in Jimma, birth name Wolansa / Wolanza Balcha. Wolansa’s parents were reported to be working and living at the home of a Aster W. in unknown capacities. After they were reported to have died, Aster relinquished Wolansa to the authorities in Jimma. She was then transferred to Addis Ababa in to the care of Selam Children’s Village. Wolansa was adopted to the USA directly from the orphanage in 1993 without an agency as her adoptive parents were living in Ethiopia at the time.

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Child’s Information

Child around the time of adoption
Child around the time of adoption

Gender of Child Girl

Year of child’s birth 1993

Ethiopian birth name of child  Wolansa Balcha, Wolanza, Welansa

Age of child at adoption 0-12 months

Year child was adopted 1993

Give information about child’s Ethiopian family, if known. Welansa Bulcha’s parents were both working in Jimma for an individual named Aster W. in unknown capacities and were living there with Welansa when according to reports they both dead.

Relinquishment or Abandonment Information

Child around the time of adoption
Child around the time of adoption

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

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 1993

To the best of your knowledge, child was Relinquished

Region of relinquishment Oromia Region

Zone of relinquishment Jimma – Oromia Region

City/town of relinquishment Jimma

Name and relationship of relinquishing adult w/o Aster W. who was reported to be her parents’ employer.

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

Additional information Welansa was taken from Jimma to Addis Ababa where she was placed in the care of Selam Children’s Village. Paperwork indicates that by June 12, 1993, she was in the care of Selam Children’s Village.

Adoption Agency Information

Child after adoption
Child after adoption

Adoption agency through which the child was processed UNKNOWN Adoption Agency

List adoption agency workers with titles if known Ms. Sahay the founder of Selam Children’s Village. At the time the adoptive family was residing in Ethiopia and did not go through an agency. They found out about the infant via Ruth Meakins.

Adoptive Country USA

Additional information regarding adoption agency and/or country of adoption December 31, 1993 she was adopted by an American couple. Her adopted family spent some time in Jimma in 1998 for 2-3 months at the Kale Hewot Compound before being medically evacuated. The adoptive family did the adoption paperwork themselves and did not go through an agency because they were residing in Ethiopia at the time.

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Selam Children’s Village

Orphanage or care center workers and their titles Sahay Roeschli- founder of Selam

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 about this orphanage or care center They no longer do adoptions, but still take care of OVCs

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