Beteseb Felega’s Adoptee Resources: Ethiopian Family Search, for Adoptees.

Searching for your Ethiopian family is a big step and Beteseb Felega is here to help. Our Ethiopian family search services are outlined below. Please follow the links for more information, and be sure to take a look at some of the Ethiopian adoption and adoptee groups on Facebook.

Our Ethiopian Family Search Services

Upload your adoption information to our database which is viewed often from Ethiopia. These cases are also shared in person in Ethiopia by our social workers. This is free to all.

What happens if your family is found? We facilitate at minimum a full round of communication which includes providing you a single spaced typed three-to-five-page report regarding your family’s: living conditions, education, health, jobs, economic situation, full contact information including any social media accounts, many photos of the family and their living conditions, and translated videos and/or audio recordings. We also provide your family with a letter and photos from you. We follow up as needed if questions are generated from the report; we do not “drop” you. Your family can always call us if they need to. These services are all free, and professional social workers with master’s degrees work with your families.

Check the database of Ethiopian family cases Someone may already be looking for you.

What happens if your family is found? We facilitate at minimum a full round of communication which includes providing you a single spaced typed three-five-page report regarding your family’s living conditions, education, health, jobs, economic situation, full contact information including any social media accounts, many photos of the family and their living conditions, and translated videos and/or audio recordings. We also provide your family with a letter and photos from you. We follow up as needed if questions are generated from the report; we do not “drop” you. Your family can always call us if they need to. These services are free to all, and professional social workers with master’s degrees work with your families.

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Hire us to investigate your case in Ethiopia. Beteseb Felega will search on foot in Ethiopia on behalf of adoptees. When you hire us, a portion of your fees are used for our free services to Ethiopian families. We strongly advise young adult adoptees to engage the emotional help and financial support of their adoptive parents when searching. Because we know some adoptees lack this type of support, we offer a sliding scale on a case by case basis for those who need it, usually by “piggybacking” with other searches.

What do you receive in your report? Your report will be a minimum of five single-spaced typed pages, but most reports are 8-12 pages, regardless of whether your family is found or not (note that not every family is found on searches). If your family is found, a social report will be provided describing your family’s living conditions, education, health, jobs, economic situation, full contact information including any social media accounts, at least 50 photos of the family and their living conditions, and translated videos. Your report will detail the day by day searching activities of your social worker with photos and contact information of everyone the social worker had significant interaction with during your search (with their permission). We will deliver a letter and photos from you. We follow up as needed if questions or issues are generated from the report; we do not “drop” you. Your family can always call us if they need to. Professional social workers with master’s degrees work with your families.

How Do I Use the Database?

Enter your information: Adoption information is accepted through website forms in Amharic and English. Case information is not accepted through Facebook or email, though we can assist Ethiopians via phone as needed.

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What is the Database?

Adoption search registries have been around for a long time. The Beteseb Felega EAC database can be compared to a missing person poster placed in the center of a village. Users can can list their information in the database, search entries submitted by others, receive assistance with making initial contact, and find resources on maintaining communication. Caseworkers in Ethiopia work with Ethiopian families to explain how the database functions, what they can expect from using it, and help them list their information. Siblings adopted to different families may also be located through searching our database.

Put your information into our database and continue your search for free, with no further effort on your part. It will remain until your people are found. We search for families and adoptees listed in our database, especially if identifying information is provided. It’s important to realize that some searches take years to resolved, and  not every search can be solve this way.

All entries are reviewed and any explicit identifying information is edited (last names, address, etc). We allow full names only of those people already in the public eye, such as an adoption agency representative in a receiving country.

What You Can Expect From Using Beteseb Felega

Beteseb Felega is a long term project begun in January 2014. Information in the database is shared with relevant adoptive countries and in Ethiopia. Many of our website visits come from Ethiopians searching for their children who were adopted. Searching can take weeks, months, or years. Be patient and do not expect immediate results.

Pay it Forward

We rely on word-of-mouth advertising and sharing on social media. You can make a huge difference in the life of other adoptees by sharing our cases with different adoption groups you belong to. You can also donate to our continued work.

Facebook Groups for Ethiopian Adoption

Ethiopian Adoptees of the Diaspora

This group is exclusively for adoptees age 18 and older to discuss issues surrounding adoption.

Ethiopian Adoptees Support Group

This is a place for Ethiopian adoptees to share their adoption experiences, views, and concerns. Members must be 18 years old or have the permission of their parents to join this group.

Ethiopia Homeland Travel and Birth Family Contact

This is a group for adoptees and adoptive families who are thinking about, or have completed, a trip back to Ethiopia with their children. This group provides a place for families to share information and resources to help with post-adoption return tip planning and/or firth/birth family contact. Ethiopian firsth/birth family members and adult adoptees are welcome.

Ethiopian Adoptive Parent and Adoptees Information and Discussion Group

This is an information-sharing group for adoptive parents of Ethiopian children or those in process of adopting, offering complete support with no judgment. Those affiliated with adoption agencies facilitating adoptions in Ethiopia will not be approved for membership.

Who is on the Beteseb Felega – Ethiopian Adoption Connection Team? In Ethiopia, our team consists of a Country Representative experienced in NGO work and three social workers. Two of our social workers are master degree level with degrees in social work specifically. Our third social worker is a reunited birth brother with two university degrees including one in Nursing. All of our social workers have been trained in international adoption issues. All of our social workers care deeply about the issue of children and families, and specifically the situation of families separated by international adoptions. These team members are the only people in our organization who are paid.

In the USA we have our Founder and Executive Director, Andrea, plus ten volunteers who help process the database cases, fundraise, share on social media, among other things. We also have volunteers in different countries to assist now and then with searching and translating. Volunteers, including the Executive Director, work on a volunteer basis which means no one is paid. All team members, both in Ethiopia and the USA, sign strict confidentiality agreements.

Facebook Groups for Ethiopian Adoption

Ethiopian Adoptees of the Diaspora

This group is exclusively for adoptees age 18 and older to discuss issues surrounding adoption.

Ethiopian Adoptees Support Group

This is a place for Ethiopian adoptees to share their adoption experiences, views, and concerns. Members must be 18 years old or have the permission of their parents to join this group.

Ethiopia Homeland Travel and Birth Family Contact

This is a group for adoptees and adoptive families who are thinking about, or have completed, a trip back to Ethiopia with their children. This group provides a place for families to share information and resources to help with post-adoption return tip planning and/or firth/birth family contact. Ethiopian firsth/birth family members and adult adoptees are welcome.

Ethiopian Adoptive Parent and Adoptees Information and Discussion Group

This is an information-sharing group for adoptive parents of Ethiopian children or those in process of adopting, offering complete support with no judgment. Those affiliated with adoption agencies facilitating adoptions in Ethiopia will not be approved for membership.