Adoptee Search: Girl born in 2009, adopted to the USA in 2011 using Illien Adoptions

Female born in 2009, adopted to the USA in 2011 through Kingdom Vision International and Help for the Needy Development Association using Illien Adoptions (USA). She was left in Batu with Legesech, a child care worker, at approximately age 6.5 months of age. Legesech relinquished her to the police station. 

Submitted by Adoptive Parent searching for Ethiopian family

Child’s Information

This photo shows a picture of Biftu when she was left with Legesech at approx 6.5 months of age as well as a picture of her at age 4 years.
This photo shows a picture of Biftu when she was left with Legesech at approx 6.5 months of age as well as a picture of her at age 4 years.

Gender of Child: female

Ethnicity of Child: Oromo

Year of child’s birth: 2009

Ethiopian birth Name of Child: Biftu Batu

Name of child at the time of adoption: Biftu Batu

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

Year child entered a care center or orphanage: 2009

Age of child at adoption: 2

Year child was adopted: 2011 

Number of siblings/cousins adopted with the child: 0

Number of siblings/cousins adopted to other families: 0

Additional information about the child: She has a small area of darker skin in the middle of her chest.

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed: Illien Adoptions (USA)

Country to which the child was adopted: USA

Receiving country representative: Brett Troughton

Orphanage / care center #1

Orphanage or care center through which the child was processed: Help for the Needy Development Association

Region of orphanage or care center: Oromia Region

Zone of orphanage or care center: UNKNOWN

City/Town of orphanage or care center: UNKNOWN

Additional information about this orphanage or care center: Biftu was sent to this orphanage first. It was closed and she was transferred to KVI in Addis Ababa

Orphanage/care center #2

Orphanage or care center through which the child was processed: Kingdom Vision International

Region of orphanage or care center: Addis Ababa Region

City/Town of orphanage or care center: Addis Ababa

Information for Relinquished Children

Name of person who relinquished child: Legesech

Relationship of person who relinquished child: Child care worker

Region where child was relinquished: Oromia Region

Zone where child was relinquished: UNKNOWN zone

City/town where child was relinquished: UNKNOWN 

Police Officer involved with the case: Inspector Etalem

Information for Abandoned Children

Name of person who found the child: Legesech

Another picture of Biftu at approx 6.5 months of age
Another picture of Biftu at approx 6.5 months of age

Relationship or title of person who found the child: child care worker

Region where child was found: Oromia Region

Zone where child was found: UNKNOWN 

City/town where child was found: UNKNOWN 

Police Officer involved with the case: Inspector Etalem

Additional information that could be useful in making a match: My daughter was left with Legesech who babysat children in Batu while her mother went to work. Her mother never returned. My daughter was about 6.5 months old when this occurred. She stayed with Legesech for 1-3 months and then was relinquished to the police station in Batu. Her birth name is unknown. This was the first time Legesech has taken care of her.

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