Couple's prayers answered in adoption of Ethiopian child

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

The Bankers returned home, redid all their paperwork, updated their home studies and developed a plan. As days stretched into months, they banded together with 14 other families experiencing the same halt, met with members of Congress and raised awareness.

They watched Tariku grow older through photos and videos in their monthly updates.

“It was heartbreaking missing out on all those milestones,” Kristin said. “We’re making up for it now.”

Last December — 13 months after their first visit — the adoption finally passed in Ethiopian court. The Bankers decided to go to Ethiopia about three weeks before the embassy approved the adoption to spend time with Tariku. They secluded themselves in a guest house and got to know their son with a “strong personality.”

They also went to Tariku’s village. His mother disappeared shortly after giving him up for adoption, but they met his birth grandfather. They gave him an album of the photos they had of Tariku and took some of their own photos to show Tariku one day.

The grandfather described Tariku’s early days and learned about the Bankers.

“God created Tariku for your family,” he said through an interpreter.

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