DNA Project – Beteseb Felega Ethiopian Adoption Connection

Many adoptees were abandoned without any information about their families. DNA will be the only way to definitively prove relationships for these cases. Instead of doing individual testing on a case by case basis, we have initiated our own DNA Project. Through the generosity of FTDNA, we are able to provide adoptees with discounted Family Finder, or Autosomal, kits. Testing for Ethiopian family initiated searches is free for them and subsidized by Beteseb Felega – Ethiopian Adoption Connection. If you would like to donate to this effort, please visit this link.

Bear with us while we get used to the sign up process. We will be adding information to our project space as we move forward. Please follow all the instructions below to sign up.

If you would like more information on doing DNA, privacy, and more, please visit Family Tree DNA.

Adoptees and Adoptive Parents

  • If you have a kit from 23andme or another service, you can transfer to FTDNA for $19. Here is a link to the instructions for transferring to FTDNA. Initiate your join request at this link: Join Project Link. Scroll to “third party” at the bottom and click the button to transfer the at the $19 level (or higher if you want that). This will automatically put you in the group.
  • If you do not have a kit to transfer from another company, follow the instructions below. This information is used solely to determine who meets the requirements of the project; it will not be associated with your actual DNA kit or account. Once you provide the information requested, we will send you a coupon code for a discounted kit along with the link to join. Emails will be responded to in bulk so please be patient.
    1. Send an email to [email protected]
    2. Include your real name, Ethiopian name, and your status: adoptee or adoptive parent of minor child.
    3. Include the location you believe you were from in Ethiopia, Region and Zone.
    4. You will be sent a coupon code for a discounted kit along with the link to join.
    5. Purchase your kit with the code using the instructions provided by FTDNA.

Note that in an adoptive family/adoptee initiated search where relationship validation is required, we provide a discount code for both parties but not free kits. We would love to do it, but we simply do not have the funds for it. If your tested person in Ethiopia is not a match, we encourage you to put the kit into our project on behalf of the person, as they will still be looking for their adopted child.