Adoptee Search: Girl from Jimma Born 2000 Adopted 2001 to USA through Americans for African Adoptions via Missionaries of Charity

Adopted Person Searching for Ethiopian Family of girl born 2000. She was found in a Church in Jimma as an infant and taken to the Missionaries of Charity Orphanage who named her Mariam. She was adopted to the USA in 2001 through Americans for African Adoptions via Missionaries of Charity.

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Child’s Information

Gender of Child Girl

Ethnicity of Child Oromo

Year of child’s birth 2000

Ethiopian birth name of child Maria/Mariam. The nuns at the Missionaries of Charity orphanage where I was first taken called me ‘Mariam Luck’

Age of child at adoption 1 year

Year child was adopted 2001

Additional information I have a raised mark on my right shoulder from what we think is an immunization shot. We assume that I was born in a hospital because of this mark.

Relinquishment or Abandonment Information

Age unknown

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

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 2000

To the best of your knowledge, child was Abandoned

Region child(ren) found Oromia Region

Zone child(ren) found Jimma – Oromia Region

City/town child(ren) found Jimma

Details of child(ren)’s abandonment I was found in a church in Jimma and taken immediately to the Catholic Missionaries of Charity orphanage in Jimma. We do not know who found me or what I was wearing. After three weeks living in the Missionaries of Charity Orphanage, I was referred to the Ethiopian government to be registered and they assigned me to the Americans for African Adoptions (AFAA) foster home in Addis Ababa. I was brought to that foster home on 11/2/2000 by an Ethiopian government social worker. In September, I was escorted from Addis Ababa to Newark, New Jersey to my adopted parents.

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed Americans for African Adoptions (USA)

List adoption agency workers with titles if known Ms. Cheryl Carter Shotts – Principal Officer/Founder of Americans for African Adoptions, who handled my adoption case and was in communication with my adopted parents throughout the process. Mohammed – who escorted me to Newark, New Jersey in September of 2001.

Adoptive Country USA

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Missionaries of Charity

Region of orphanage or care center Oromia Region

Zone of orphanage or care center Jimma – Oromia Region

City/Town of orphanage or care center Jimma

Orphanage/care center #2

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Americans for African Adoptions Foster Home

Orphanage or care center workers and their titles, if known Almaz – worker at the foster home (last name unknown); Mantegbosh – worker at the foster home (last name unknown)

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 This foster home has closed since I was adopted.

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