Adoptee Search: Girl from Ciro born 2012 Adopted to the USA through Adoption Avenues via Biftu Orphanage

Adoptive Parent searching for the Ethiopian Family of a girl named Neima born 2012. She was found in Ciro / Asebe Teferi with an unrelated infant and they were taken to Biftu Orphanage by a police officer. Neima was adopted to the USA through Adoption Avenues in 2012.

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Child’s Information

Age in photo: 2 months

Gender of Child Girl

Ethnicity of Child Oromo

Year of child’s birth 2012

Ethiopian birth name of child Neima

Age of child at adoption 0-12 months

Year child was adopted 2012

Relinquishment or Abandonment Information

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

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 2012

To the best of your knowledge, child was Abandoned

Region child(ren) found Oromia Region

Zone child(ren) found West Hararghe – Oromia Region

City/town child(ren) found Ciro / Asebe Teferi

Details of child(ren)’s abandonment Neima was found in front of a khat farmer’s gate at aprox 6am on June 25, 2012. The couple who found her are named Miski M. I. (wife) and Hussen (husband). Another baby was also found by this family together with Neima, the same estimated age as Neima. The family took the babies to the police where they were sent to Biftu orphanage. Two investigations have been done and the finding family is not aware of any birth family. A DNA test was done and Neima is not biologically related to the child who she was found with.

Police officer involved with the case Chief Sargent Lomi Shumi

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed IN ETHIOPIA Adoption Avenues (USA)

List adoption agency workers with titles if known Radu was the administrator of AA in Portland Oregon, USA. The partnership was with Biftu orphanage in Oromia.

Adoptive Country USA

Additional information regarding adoption agency The child that was found with Neima was referred to a family in the USA through West Sands adoption agency, which was partnered with Adoption Avenues.

Orphanage/care center #1 

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Biftu Orphanage

Orphanage or care center workers and their titles, if known Aynalem Mengestu (Biftu orphanage manager), Tarek (Biftu Director)

Region of orphanage or care center Oromia Region

Zone of orphanage or care center West Hararghe – Oromia Region

City/Town of orphanage or care center Ciro / Asebe Teferi

Additional information about this orphanage or care center This is the orphanage where Neima was taken the day she was found.

Orphanage/care center #2

Age in photo: 6.5 months

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Adoption Avenues Foster Home

Orphanage or care center workers and their titles, if known Adoption Avenues Social Worker:  Lensa Tesfaye

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 that could be useful to the case Neima was estimated to be one month old when she is found but we are not 100% sure that is correct. It could be off by a few weeks or so.

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