Adoptee Search: Girl from Jimma born 2008 Adopted to USA in 2012 through Adoption Advocates International via Kidane Mihret

Adoptive Parent searching for Ethiopian Family of girl Hanisa from Jimma born 2008. She was found in Jimma in 2011 and adopted to the USA in 2012 through Adoption Advocates International (WA) via Kidane Mihret. Hanisa’s right leg was bent at the knee and she walked with a limp.

Submitted by Adoptive Parent

Child’s Information

4 years old

Gender of Child Girl

Ethnicity of Child Oromo

Year of child’s birth 2008

Name of child at the time of adoption Hanisa Jimma

Ethiopian birth name of child possible name Terhas, Trhas, or Tirhas

Age of child at adoption 4 years

Year child was adopted 2012

Give information about child’s Ethiopian family, if known. Nothing is known about Hanissa’s family.  There is a possible genetic trait which would make family more recognizable.  Without surgery she would have been very stooped and would have had great difficulty walking.

Additional information When we first met her at age 3, she had an obvious limp that appeared to be caused by a hip issue or a shortened leg. Her right leg didn’t straighten completely but stayed bent at the knee. Doctors believe she suffered from rickets and possibly another illness before coming to the orphanage.

Relinquishment or Abandonment Information

9 years old, summer 2018

Age when child entered care center or orphanage 3 years

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 2011

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 Found on 09/08/2011 at 10 am in a place called Missionary area. Jimma Town, Oromia region.  Possibly found at Missionary Hospital.

Police officer involved with the case Possibly Major Sergeant Atsede G.  The Jimma Town Police Department Justice Rendering Team.

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed Adoption Advocates International (WA)

Adoptive Country USA

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Kidane Mehret

Orphanage or care center workers and their titles, if known Mr. Samueal B was the orphanage representative that was in contact with the Jimma Town Women’s and Children’s Affairs (Girma Z).  Sister Ann seemed to be a primary caretaker of Hanissa at the orphanage.

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

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