I am an adult adoptee who arrived from Ethiopia to the U.S. in 1994 at 6 years of age, along with my twin sister. I grew up outside Washington, DC, and have two brothers, also adopted. I have presented at multiple workshops and heritage camps, interned for adoption-based agencies, and spoken on many panels about issues such as race, identity, culture, and what it means to grow up in a transracial family. I have also worked with NGOs to give back to my country of origin.
One of my current projects is Ethiopian Adoptees of the Diaspora, a Facebook page open to all Ethiopian adoptees over 18, wherever in the world they may now live. We have members from the US, Canada, France, Holland, Belgium, and elsewhere, as well as several now living in Ethiopia. It’s a place for us adoptees to talk together, to support projects based in Ethiopia, and to network about adoption policy and potential changes. Please check out and “Like” our page. If you are an Ethiopian adoptee, please join us!
I reunited with my first family in 2008, and most recently visited Ethiopia in August 2014. Through this blog, I hope to challenge and provoke conversations centered around adoption, and to open people’s hearts and minds to the beauty and potential of Ethiopia. Amaseganello! Thank you!