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Personal Story: “Bringing Helen Home from Ethiopia”

She was a motherless five-year-old living in an Ethiopian orphanage. The package in her hands promised a brighter future.

by Melissa Fay Greene

A five-year-old girl arrives from EthiopiaLast year, Helen, a shy and tiny five-year-old with huge eyes and a high-pitched squeak of a voice, was handed a package on the playground of her orphanage in Ethiopia and told that she had been matched with an adoptive family in America. It was my husband and I who had prepared the presents while waiting for approval from the Ethiopian courts to bring Helen to America as our daughter. We have loved raising our children—four by birth and one by adoption; when we began to muse about adopting again, it seemed logical to think about Africa, described in newspapers as “a continent of orphans”…

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