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In 2000 Cheryl Carter-Shotts ...
In 2000 Cheryl Carter-Shotts the founder of Africans for American Adoptions (AFAA) traveled to Liberia.
Due to the ongoing war, Cheryl met with Liberian government officials about helping Liberian orphans.
AFAA established the "AFAA House" - a home for Liberian orphans who lost their parents in the war.
In 2003, the first Liberian Angels joined their new families with Cheryl escorting children to their new homes.
On December 12, 2003, Cheryl brought two beautiful Liberian toddler boys to their new mother in New Mexico, Cathrine Troy.
In 2000 Cheryl Carter-Shotts ...
In 2000 Cheryl Carter-Shotts the director of AFAA traveled to Liberia, during their ongoing war and met with Liberian government officials about helping Liberian orphans.
AFAA established the "AFAA House" - a home, turned orphanage, for Liberian orphans who lost their parents in the war.
In 2003 the first Liberian Angel joined their new family with Cheryl escorting children to their new families, repeatedly going back to Liberia during their many civil wars that seemed to never end.
On December 2, 2003, Cheryl brought two beautiful Liberian toddler boys to their new mother in New Mexico - Cathrine Troy, founder and director of JWM.
and Cathrine have had a fifteen plus year history of working together.
, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was watching the 60 Minutes story about the Malian famine and the boy crawled into her
For three nights, as she
was falling asleep, Cheryl
wondered aloud to her
husband, Charlie, "Do you think that little boy has eaten today?
On the 4th morning Cheryl
told Charlie, "I don't understand but that boy is my son and I have to find my son and help him or bring him home."
knew nothing about Africa or international adoption, and nothing about the boy.
work and devoted every waking minute to finding the boy.
It was 1985 and Cheryl quickly ran up $3,000 in phone calls and wrote Senator Richard Lugar and Diane Sawyer's secretary.
Early one evening Ms. Sawyer called and they spoke for an hour as Cheryl
tried to learn about the boy.
and Charlie maxed out their credit cards, used every dime they had saved for a better car and borrowed $7,000 so Charlie could head off to the Sahara, hoping to find Mohammed with the help of missionaries.
On December 7, 1985, the boy, Cheryl
had identified as "her
son", stepped off a plane, in Indianapolis, Indiana with his
new father, into the arms of his
"Mohammed" was 5'4" tall, weighed 65 pounds and was head to-toe medical problems.
looked about 9 or 10 years old but doctors estimated he
was 13 or 14.
Mohammed thought he
had been brought to America to be Cheryl's
explained that he
had been brought to the US to be her
son - Mohammed said he
"didn't know what that meant but promised to learn.
added that he
"thought these must be special people if they will go across the world for a house boy."
Within days Mohammed was talking about his
friend, "Nimit", who was left behind in the Sahara.
Mohammed wanted Nimit to have a family too.
decided that she
had to help other African children and the idea for "Americans for African Adoptions, Inc. (AFAA)" was born.
In 2006, Senator Richard Lugar awarded Cheryl the "Congressional Angels in Adoption award".
In February 1990 Cheryl
was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and photographed a tiny girl sitting on a sidewalk - she
looked starved and was filthy.
tried, but couldn't find her
family to arrange sponsorship.
A year later, Cheryl
returned to Addis and with the help of the photo and another child, found the little girl who looked worse than the year before.
learned that at five or six years of age the girl was a street beggar and was also washing clothes by hand and scrubbing floors to earn coins to support her
mother's boyfriend, her
half-sister and her
"Kelem" was also watching soldiers kill people in the streets as rebels were seven miles down the road.
On March 2, 1991 Cheryl
was able to bring Kelem to America and found that she
weighed only 28 pounds.
Today, Kelem is a healthy young woman who spent four years in the US Air Force
as an FAA
air traffic controller, doing one tour in Iraq.
She is a 2012 graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University where she was elected president of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority - today Kelem works as a financial analyst for McKinsey & Company.
Because of those 18 seconds, Mohammed is a healthy adult.
Five major surgeries rebuilt his
body and on May 23, 1998, Mohammed graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University
while "Dateline" taped for a future story.
Today, Mohammed works for the US government in Washington and is a husband and father.
Mohammed continues to speak six languages and his
birthday is August 11, the day Cheryl
saw him on 60 Minutes.
Because of Mohammed, AFAA
began as a small agency with a big heart for African orphans, and because of very limited funds, AFAA continues to be small.
To date AFAA
has brought 715 African orphans from Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Uganda, Lesotho and three special needs children from Mogadishu, Somalia, to new families across the US, Canada, France and New Zealand.
Cheryl Carter-Shotts Americans for African Adoptions, Inc. 8910 Timberwood Drive Indianapolis, IN 46234 317-271-4567 amfaaUS@gmail.com
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Layla House, a shady compound with ...
Layla House, a shady compound with a paved common area, a baby house, dormitories for boys and for girls, a schoolroom and a kitchen and dining hall, is run by Adoption Advocates International, based in Port Angeles, Wash. A.F.A.A. House, on the outskirts of town, almost buried in flower gardens, is run by Americans for African Adoptions, based in Indianapolis and directed by Cheryl Carter-Shotts.
Though still small, the number of Ethiopian children adopted by Americans has grown substantially in the last 10 years. 'What families consistently tell us is how happy and well adjusted the children are, that they obviously had been well nurtured and that they are extremely intelligent,' says Carter-Shotts of Americans for African Adoptions.
Some of the children from the countryside arrive in the United States with tribal markings or accidental scars from a cook fire or a goat's horn.
Asrat, who is now 20 and was one of the early Ethiopian children to be adopted in this country, killed a lion when he
was very young, using a stick from the fire in defense of his
proudly wore a ritual scar across one eyebrow, bestowed by his
village of Welayta, which declared him a man. Within months after his
referral to an adoption program, he
was a fifth grader at a Seattle-area elementary school.
Samuel, a 7-year-old whose parents died of malaria, missed sleeping on his
shelflike bed high under the roof of the family's round hut and listening to the rain scatter when it hit the corrugated metal.
Shortly after he
was adopted, he
graciously asked his
suburban mom if she
would like him to butcher a cow for dinner.
Abebaw, 7, missed the doro wat -- the chicken stew -- of his
homeland after he
was adopted by an American family in South Korea.
"What families consistently tell us is ...
"What families consistently tell us is how happy and well adjusted the children are, that they obviously had been well nurtured and that they are extremely intelligent," says Cheryl Carter-Shotts of Americans for African Adoptions.
More often, it is the adult ...
More often, it is the adult adoptee from Africa who feels a pull to return and serve, said Cheryl Carter-Shotts, founder of Americans for African Adoptions.
In 1986, the Indianapolis agency became the first American adoption agency to work in Ethiopia.
"It's not usual for the family to go back, but it is becoming more common for the kids, when grown, to go back," Carter-Shotts
"What broke everything wide-open," Carter-Shotts
said, "was when everybody saw Angelina Jolie's beautiful little girl."
Tim Giese sits on a porch swing with his wife, Cheryl
, daughter Ava, 5, and adopted Ethiopian daughter Rediet, 4, at the house where they are staying in Baltimore.