Adoptee/Relative Search: Girl Born 2010 in Gambella Region Adopted in 2012 Probably to Spain via Selam United Integrated and Destitute Association Orphanage

Adoptee/Relative searching for biological niece. Female, birthname Rosa Henok Mafisa, born in 2010 in the Gambella Region and adopted in 2012 most likely to Spain through unknown agency and Selam United Integrated and Destitute Association Orphanage. She was relinquished by her maternal grandmother, Wana Kalkulegn, who may be listed as her mother in paperwork. She came into care with her maternal aunt, Enata Henok, who is searching for her. Enata feels personally responsible for Rosa as they came into care together and she was instructed by the first family to take care of Rosa. Additional photos of adoptive family and the child are on file. 

Submitted by Adoptee/Relative searching for biological niece

Child’s Information

Age of Child in Photo 18 to 24 months

Gender of Child Female

Ethnicity of Child Mejanger – Mezhenger – Gambella Region

Year of child’s birth  2010

Name of child at the time of adoption Rosa Mafisa Mafsa

Ethiopian birth name of child Rosa Henok Mafisa

Age of child at adoption 0-12 months

Year child was adopted 2012

Give information about child’s Ethiopian family, if known. Mafisa/Mafsa Henok is the first Mom. She lives in Dunchai/Dunchay area of Gambella Ethiopia. Grandmother is Wana Kalkulegn, Aunts are Dina, Hage and Enata and Uncle Abdu  all with the same last name Henok.

Additional information regarding the child The child would have been born in the Gambella region of Ethiopia specifically Godere Farmer’s Association, Dunchay Kebele, Mejanger Woreda,

Relinquishment or Abandonment Information

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

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 2010

To the best of your knowledge, child was Relinquished

Region of relinquishment Gambela Region

Zone of relinquishment Administrative Zone 3 – Gambela Region

City/town of relinquishment Gambela

Name and relationship of relinquishing adult Wana Kalkulegn – maternal grandmother could be listed on information as first mother – she is listed this way in two other relinquishment cases for her daughters, Mafisa or Mafsa Henok – biological mother.

Do you believe child(ren) were relinquished willingly? Yes

Police officer involved with the case none given.

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed UNKNOWN Adoption Agency

List adoption agency workers with titles if known Unknown

Adoptive Country Believed to be Spain

Additional information regarding adoption agency and/or country of adoption Rosa was adopted to a family in Spain – unknown which agency was used in 2011/2012. She was adopted into a two parented house with another child.  The boy is older than Rosa by a few years.

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Selam United Integrated and Destitute Association Orphanage

Orphanage or care center workers and their titles, if known u/k

Region of orphanage or care center UNKNOWN region in Ethiopia

Zone of orphanage or care center UNKNOWN zone

City/Town of orphanage or care center UNKNOWN city or town

Additional information that could be useful to the case Rosa came into care with another girl age 4 (confirmed later to be 5) when she came into care- Enata Henok. Enata Henok is Rosa’s maternal Aunt.  They are very close in age.  She asked about Rosa constantly the first few years in my home.  She would like to know Rosa is doing well and wants to see how she is doing.  We know language maybe a struggle as Enata speaks English. Enata feels personally responsible for Rosa as they came into care together and she was instructed by the first family to take care of Rosa and it would put her mind at ease to know her niece is healthy and thriving.

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