Couple's prayers answered in adoption of Ethiopian child

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 09:35 AM.

The Bankers continued their wait, and in July 2011 Tariku’s referral came in. It was love at first sight. They could see him as part of their family.

“That’s Ethan’s smile,” Kristin remembered thinking. “Those are Ethan’s eyes.”

International adoption in Ethiopia must be approved by local courts with the prospective parents present. The Bankers traveled to Ethiopia for their court date in November 2011. They got a chance not only to meet Tariku, but to hold and feed him.

But at the hearing they learned that letters approving the adoption from the southern region of Ethiopia where Tariku is from had not been sent. Everything came to a halt.

“We’re sitting here feeling like our hands are tied,” Kristin said. “How do we advocate for our child?”


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