Couple's prayers answered in adoption of Ethiopian child


Will and Kristin Banker sit with their children Ethan, left, and Tariku. The Santa Rosa Beach couple knew Tariku was the child for them when they saw his photograph.

Devon Ravine | Northwest Florida Daily News
Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 09:35 AM.

The moment Kristin and Will Banker saw Tariku, they knew he was their son.

Their introduction to Tariku, then a 7-month-old boy in Ethiopia, was through photos and a file created by their adoption agency outlining his story. The couple began the process to adopt a child from Ethiopia almost two years before receiving the “referral,” or match.

It was about four months before the family met saw the boy in-person and almost 18 months before the adoption was finalized, but the Bankers never gave up their fight to bring their son home.

“I keep pinching myself,” Will said as he looked at 2-year-old Tariku. “He’s finally here. He’s home.”


A revelation while traveling

The couple adopted their first son, Ethan, at his birth in Pensacola in 2008. Ethan’s adoption was quicker than most, taking just six months. The Bankers knew Tariku’s adoption would process would be longer, but believed it would take only about a year to bring their child home.

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