Adoptee Search: Girl Born in 2005 found in Asela Oromia Adopted to the USA through CHSFS and Bete Saida

Adoptive Parent searching for Ethiopian family of girl born in 2005. She was found on 21-06-97 (Ethiopian calendar) in front of a food stall next to the Muslim medical clinic at the top of the main road in Asela, Oromia Region. She was adopted to the USA in 2005 through CHSFS / Children’s Home Society and Family Services via Bete Saida Orphanage. Additional photos of the child and individuals involved in the case are on file.

Submitted by Adoptive Parent searching for Ethiopian family

Child’s Information

Age of Child in Photo
Age 2-3 months

Gender of Child Girl

Ethnicity of Child Oromo

Additional information about child’s ethnicity Assume she is Oromo because she came from Asela

Year of child’s birth  2005

Name of child at the time of adoption Meseret – name was chosen by a MOLSA official in Asela

Age of child at adoption 0-12 months

Year child was adopted 2005

Relinquishment or Abandonment Information

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

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 2005

To the best of your knowledge, child was Abandoned

Region child(ren) found Oromia Region

Zone child(ren) found Arsi – Oromia Region

City/town child(ren) found Asella 

Location where child was found.


Details of child(ren)’s abandonment On 21-06-97 (Ethiopian calendar), a call was made to the police in the early morning hours stating that there was an infant on the side of the road. Two female police officers found my daughter swaddled in a blanket placed in a small hole in front of a tiny food stall that had an awning.  Next to the food stall was a Muslim medical clinic. The location of the stall was at the top of the main road in Asela, approximately 1 block from the post office. The paperwork states the location was kebele #13. She spent 2 weeks at the Italian hospital in Asela before being transferred to Addis.

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed Children’s Home Society and Family Services (USA)

Adoptive Country USA

Orphanage/care center #1

Age of Child in Photo
3 to 4 months

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Bete Saida

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

Additional information about this orphanage or care center The MOLSA official in Asela was friends with the orphanage director of Bete Saida in Addis Ababa. He contacted the director when he determined my daughter was abandoned.  This is how it came that she moved from Asela to Addis Ababa.

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