Adoptee Search: Girl Born in Awash in 2010 Adopted to the USA at Age 2

Adoptee Search: Sintayheu Ketema was born in Awash, Afar in 2010. Her Ethiopian mother’s name is Aynalem. The adoptive family met Aynalem at the time of adoption but was not permitted by the agency to have her contact information. Now the agency cannot find her. Aynalem has an Uncle Workneh who lived in Addis at the time. Adoption agency – Children’s Home Society and Family Services. The orphanages were Dagu Relief and Integrated Development Organization in Awash and Tiruket in Addis.

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Child’s Information

Child age 1
Child age 1

Gender of Child Girl

Year of child’s birth 2010

Name of child at the time of adoption Sintayehu

Ethiopian birth name of child Sintayheu Ketema

Age of child at adoption 2 years

Year child was adopted 2012

Give information about child’s Ethiopian family, if known. Mother is Aynalem T and father is Ketema T. The adoptive family met Aynalem at the time of adoption but was not permitted by the agency to have her contact information. Now the agency cannot find her. Aynalem has an Uncle Workneh who lived in Addis at the time.

Relinquishment or Abandonment Information

Age when child entered care center or orphanage 1 year

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 2012

To the best of your knowledge, child was Relinquished

Region of relinquishment Afar Region

City/town of relinquishment Awash

Name and relationship of relinquishing adult Aynalem T., mother

Police officer involved with the case Weketo Mohamed Hassen, Chief Inspector, Chief of Woreda Police of Amibara Woreda Police

Adoption Agency Information

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

List adoption agency workers with titles if known Nazrawit Damenu, Social worker that testified child was in need of adoption/foster care and Ali Hayder, director of Dagu Orphanage that conducted family counseling. Children’s Home Society Ethiopian staff: Meselu – social worker and Tefera – in-country adoption facilitator.

Adoptive Country USA

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Dagu Relief and Integrated Development Organization, Awash, Ethiopia

Region of orphanage or care center Afar Region

Zone of orphanage or care center Administrative Zone 3 – Afar Region

City/Town of orphanage or care center Awash

Additional information about this orphanage or care center Orphanage may have been closed since 2012.

Orphanage/care center #2

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Tikuret Lesetoch Ena Lehetsanat Mahiber (TLLM) in Addis Ababa.

Region of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa Region

City/Town of orphanage or care center Addis Ababa

Additional information about this orphanage or care center Executive Director in 2012: Sr. Asayech Yirga

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