On January 9, 2018 the Ethiopian government made the decision to ban international adoption from Ethiopia. Unfortunately, this country that is about twice the size of Texas has an estimated 4.3 million orphans. The children are primarily orphaned due to poverty, and live in both government-run and privately established orphanages. The need is great in Ethiopia.  There are many children in…

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Requirements At-A-Glance

Timeline: 48 - 60 months & increasing
Waiting Children Age: Boys/Girls, 6 months - 12 years
Parents Ages: 30 - 50
Marriage: 1 yr. at application; 2 yrs. at referral
Estimated Expenses: $30,530 - $40,340
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Fasika, Ethiopian Orthodox Easter

Easter in Ethiopia

By Debby DeRosa | April 19, 2023

Last Sunday, April 16th, Ethiopians celebrated Easter, or “Fasika,” the word for Easter in Amharic.  This celebration occurred one week after Westerners celebrated the holiday, and it is a larger production than the West’s Easter because the Ethiopian Orthodox Church considers the death and resurrection of Jesus more important than any other time in his…

Giving Back

Knowing Someone Cares Makes All the Difference

By Debby DeRosa | February 23, 2023

by Kylie Sharp In 2006, my parents adopted me through America World from an orphanage in Guangdong Province, China. I now live in the United States with my parents and dog, Tia. I do not remember much before being adopted since I was one when it all happened, but I had the opportunity to take a…

Mission Trip - Ethiopia - Bete Hosanna - December 2022

The December 2022 Mission Trip to Ethiopia: An Experience of Authentic Joy

By Debby DeRosa | February 9, 2023

By Christie McMillan “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” – Matthew 25:40 The December 2022 trip to Ethiopia was my 5th trip to Addis Ababa. My first was in 2018…

Ethiopia Referral Announcement!

Exciting news from Ethiopia this week! Another precious child was matched with their forever family.Congratulations to “Sierra” and her adoptive family!#BeAStoryteller for children like "Sierra"