“How do you fall in love with a picture?”
That is the question friend Kari Gibson asked Rebecca Blitch after she saw a picture of newborn Zoie sent via internet to the Gibsons who have now added Zoie to their “forever” family.
How indeed! After several years of searching unsuccessfully in the U. S. Vernon and rebecca Blitch searched the internet, saw some pictures, and several months later they flew to Addis Ababa Ethiopia and “brought home” Yonatan and Fetlework.
Yonatan’s birth father had become ill and died. Widowed and unable to care for a “special needs” child his mother reluctantly made him available for adoption. She does not regret the decision.
Unable to communicate successfully at age six, Yonatan, now eight, is popular in his second grade class and plays on a basketball team. He has many hearing and deaf friends, enjoys riding his bike and “kidding around.” He communicates well in sign language and when least expected, he will display very innovative thinking.
Fetlework, who was born in a mud hut, is ten. She is in the top of her fifth grade class, is a star basketball and soccer player, and basically excels in whatever she does.
She lived several years in an orphanage, the only deaf child among the one hundred or so hearing children.
Both children have learned basic responsibilities by helping at home.
The future is bright for these happy, well adjusted children. It is the intention of “Ethiopian Child” to chronicle more successes of the adoption of deaf children from Ethiopia. Contact charlie if you know of such a story and we will tell others.