Sunday, December 23, 2012

Yet Another Testimony....

"When the orphanage we adopted our son through told us finding information on his birth family would be very difficult and would take a long time, we knew we wanted to engage a searcher right away. We chose EthioStork and were so happy we did. EthioStork found his family in only two days. We now have invaluable information for our son -- information he should have had all along because it is his. Making contact also reassured his family in Ethiopia that he is healthy and happy.
We strongly recommend EthioStork. We were thrilled at how quickly they found our son's "unfindable" family. The information they profvided for our son and the beautifully shot DVD we now treasure.

Thank you, Duni and EthioStork. We are forever grateful to you for everything you did for ou son and the connection you helped us establish with his family in Ethiopia.

-A Grateful Canadian Family


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Give EthioStork Four Weeks!

If you are interested in doing that extra thing within your control to ensure that your process is as smooth as absolutely possible, EthioStork can help. However, you must enlist the services of EthioStork long before you might imagine would be necessary.

What then, you might ask, is the time frame we're talking about? At least four weeks.

It is a simple fact that families who assign EthioStork to conduct their Orphan Status Verification well in advance prove to pass through the embassy process faster. When given enough time, EthioStork is able to provide you, the adoptive family, with a third party Orphan Status Verification that can be submitted along with your adoptive child's documents.
EthioStork founder, Duni Zenaye, is now requesting that families sign up four weeks prior to when the documents are to be sent to the embassy.

If you don't want to wait a day longer than you have to to bring your child home, let EthioStork conduct an Orphan Status Verification. Don't wait until the last minute!

Read testmonials from previous clients.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

My Two Cents to Both of You

As someone who has worked in Child Welfare both in Ethiopia and the US, I regularly am contacted by reporters from both countries. I find it interesting to see what the press, most likely influenced by what they perceive as public interest, desires to prove true, or at least report. When speaking with journalists I have gotten the impression that my responses have not been sensational enough. This post is intended for them.

Reporters in Ethiopia
Almost all the interviews I have done in Ethiopia were conducted to address organ selling and child abuse. I continuously am asked how much money adoptive families receive for the organs of the children they adopt. Those who have asked me this are convinced the selling of organs is a regular practice; why else would someone invest $20,000 or more to adopt a poor (sometimes severely disabled) African child?
My response is always: I am not aware of any organs of Ethiopian adopted children being sold.
The other question centers on the public's concern that these children are abused by their adoptive parents. A recent story about a young girl who died in Washington State served to fuel the erroneous perception of what happens to children who are adopted overseas.
My response? Even though extensive care is taken to ensure families meet the strictest guidelines, still it is true that some children may end up being abused. But just like there are abusive birth parents, there are also abusive adoptive parents. Most adoptive parents, however, and I emphasize most, are really great parents.

Reporters ask, "Isn't it just better to have children stay in Ethiopia than risk the chance of being abused overseas?"
My response: Though there are abusive dads, no one proposes that all dads be deprived of the privilege of fatherhood. As well, though great care is always taken to minimize the risk of placing children with families that may abuse their children, sometimes it happens. However, and this is vital to acknowledge and accept: adoption is a good option for a lot of orphans

Reporters in the US
Reporters in the US (and perhaps the public) are convinced that children are sold by poor mothers; why else would they give up their children so easily?
I have no evidence that supports this. Although it is tempting to think that if someone is poor enough they would sell their children for a goat or $20.00, most parents relinquish their children because they are unable to care for them and want them to have a better future and receive proper care.
Another question I am asked is about children being snatched from birth mothers, and adoption/child welfare professionals being paid ridiculous amount of money to "harvest" children. The biggest doubt people and reporters in the US have seems to focus on the overall adoption process in Ethiopia. They are convinced that every adoption originating in Ethiopia is completed unethically.
Well, I have seen bad practice in the world of Adoption. (For example, birth mothers who were not properly counseled, or a mother lying about being raped for fear of being denied the right to relinquish a child.) I have also seen bad practice in foster care. (Foster parents taking in children only to abuse them or use them as maids.) Further, I have seen bad practice in family reunification. (Children being reunified with birth parents who abuse them so badly that they severely injured them, or families who love but can’t or don’t want to care for their children and are forced to take them back.) 
When the focus is not the Orphan and we become religious about “only one option as best,” there is always a chance for bad practice.  
I have conducted hundreds of Orphan Status Verifications. Out of the hundreds I have verified, very few had falsified paperwork. Most of the cases had inconsistencies, but almost all of them had inconsistencies that were created by lack of education about the paperwork process. Cultural barriers also regularly contribute to what may appear to outsiders as bad practice.

So, as someone who has seen child welfare first hand both here in the US and in Ethiopia, I would like to make a public statement:
To those who voice concern about organ selling and child abuse: there is such a thing called Post Placement Visits and Post Placement Reports. There are some horrible cases, but based on the reports piled up at the Ministry Of Women Children and Youth Affairs, most of the children are doing well.
Do all adoptive families sell their adopted children's organs? NO! Are all adoptive families child molesters? NO! Are all adoptive families perfect, and thus not require home studies or post placement reports? NO! Should international adoptions be banned? Most emphatically: NO!
As the founder of an organization that conducts Third Party Orphan Status Verifications, I wish to speak to those who seem to, more and more, be labeling the children coming out of Ethiopia as non-orphans and a victims of bad practice:
Ethiopian children who are in need of families are worthy of being adopted; there is no amount of possible corruption that can alter this fact. 

However: are adoption cases from Ethiopia so clean and transparent that an adoptive parent does not need an Orphan Status Verification? NO. 
Simply put:  Adopt responsibly

All adoptive families should do their homework regarding the child to whom they are being referred. If nothing else, they will have the peace of mind knowing they did everything in their power to learn everything they could about their child. That way, when the time comes to pass on their child’s history, they’ll have something to share.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Our Clients Have Regrets

Our clients have regrets. Why? They regret that they didn’t hire us sooner. Seriously, if I had a nickel for every time an adoptive family calls me last minute, rushed and anxious ... Well, you get the picture.
Save yourself time, money and the fear of being sent to USCIS or getting an RFE (Request for Evidence). Allow EthioStork to help you do your homework; let us conduct an Orphan Status Verification for your adoption from Ethiopia.
Don't wait until you've wasted time and money using an “investigator” who failed to give you the information you need. Additionally, it really isn't prudent to hire us after you've passed court, even though we are happy to help at whatever stage you find yourself in. However, if you come to us first, you will save yourself time, and most likely, regret. 
Do you remember your high school or college days when you had an upcoming test? If you studied adequately prior to the test you likely had a good night's sleep before the big day. Now, do you remember how you felt when you ignored the pending test and then a couple of hours before the  you tried to cram? Stress, and perhaps failure.
If you take energy to have an Orphan Status Verification conducted, we can almost guarantee a good night sleep before you submit to embassy. Why? Because we empower you, the adoptive parents! Our team of professionals will take the utmost care in verifying the orphan status of your child. We will ensure that you know everything there is to know about your future adopted child so you can submit to embassy with your head held high and the assurance that your child is a true orphan. Most importantly, you will be prepared to answer any questions that are sure to come your way.
Don’t gamble with an “investigator” who doesn’t know Ethiopia and U.S. adoption laws, someone who does not know what to look for. Contact us at

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Submit Your Documents to the US Embassy through EthioStork

At EthioStork, we have a team of professionals with years of experience and an eye for detail. The families we have assisted by conducting Orphan Status Verifications, and then submitting their documents, have been able to avoid RFEs (Request For Evidence). Even better, these families have been able to get through the embassy more quickly because their documents are detailed and their children's status is verified.

EthioStork was founded to make the Ethiopian adoption experience more transparent and less stressful. So, do your homework! Don't take unnecessary risks with your adoption paperwork ... let EthioStirk review your documents and conduct an OSV if necessary prior to submitting your documents. Contact us at

"We have used EthioStork for Orphan Status Verification during our adoption process. It helped us gain more information about our children's background and the I600 applications, gives us the necessary tools we needed to prove our children are true orphans. The Orphan Status Verification helped us go through the embassy process faster and help us solved necessary issues on our paperwork and avoid any delays at the embassy.Duni is an amazing and professional person to work with. My experience with them was positive" -S. Kelati

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Why Have An Orphan Status Verification Conducted On Your Child?

Orphan Status Verification Testimony:

We are so glad we hired EthioStork to do orphan status verifications on our children. The background information we received on each child is invaluable information that we will be able to pass down to them in the future. EthioStork did a thorough job conducting interviews and capturing their stories beautifully on film. We were amazed at the high quality footage in the DVD we received. It was worth every penny we spent to be able to have further evidence on our cases. Because of EthioStork's work on our behalf, we felt confident in presenting our cases to the US embassy knowing that we had done everything possible to verify our children's orphan status.
- Justin & Bonnie Myers

EthioStork General Testimony:

Hiring EthioStork to assist us in our troubled Ethiopian adoption is one of the best decisions we have ever made. EthioStork's team of investigators, social workers, and lawyers are filled with integrity, persistence, and passion for what they do. Duni Zenaye's consultations with us were forthright, honest, and empowering. Her professionalism and that of her staff is exceptional. Duni knows both US and Ethiopian adoption law inside and out. Without her help, we are certain our children would not be home today. We implore anyone who is not getting the answers they need from their adoption agency to contact EthioStork's team.  
- Justin & Bonnie Myers

Monday, January 23, 2012

Adopting From Ethiopia if Your Country Does Not Have an Adoption Agency Where You Live

Do you live in Ireland, England, or any other country with no adoption agency licensed in Ethiopia? EthioStork may be able to help! Contact us at: