Angela came to me one day looking to find her real parents. She had been raised in Ethiopia and was adopted by Canadian Missionaries. She loved her family but wanted to know more about the family she came from and the Ethiopia culture.
This care was a bit harder to crack, because many hospitals in rural Ethiopia do not keep birth records. I tried to do some ancestry search, but it was much harder. The first thing I decided to do was interview Angela’s parents. They had some adoption records for a hospital in Addis-Abba but it was a blind adoption and even they didn’t know who the family was. So, I decided it was time to go Ethiopia, and I took Angela and a translator with me.
We started at the hospital who told us they can’t release any names but that many babies at that time were referred to them by an orphan agency started by an American woman. The agency had long went under, but the woman still loved in that village. We set out there to meet her and see if she remembered Angela.
It was a miracle, because she did! She said that Angela’s parents were so upset about giving her up that they thought about the decision, meeting with her for weeks, before they ultimately realized it was the best thing to do. See, Angela’s mother died during childbirth, leaving just a young father to take care of her. He wasn’t sure if he could do it, but his family was so upset at him for thinking that. He knew his family would help him raise the young girl, but he wanted to give her the best life ever, so he decided to give her up to the Canadian couple. He knew they would give her the life that he couldn’t.
Angela was in tears at this point and wanted to know where to find her father. The old woman couldn’t remember his name but knew his village. So, we went there and started asking around. The villagers knew right away who we were talking about and took us to meet him. He broke down as soon as he saw her. It was his child.
I left Angela behind so she could reconnect with family and get to know them better. She is now in daily contact with her Ethiopian family and visits them often.