Celebrating a First Summer Home

Milkanu (pictured left) is thrilled about turning 6 years old with his brother Tadesse, nearly age 2, right by his side. After nearly three months home, Tammy and Brian Baker couldn’t be happier about their family. Their boys, adopted through WACAP from an orphanage in southern Ethiopia, are flourishing in their Arizona home.

Brothers Adopted from Ethiopia at New Home

Siblings Milkanu and Tadesse (also seen here in their referral photos) grow into their new Arizona home together.

In Tammy and Brian’s words:  

“Milkanu … is thriving! After … being home for eight weeks, he started kindergarten and is doing awesome. He has learned a lot of English and he understands even more. He is very affectionate and has attached to us very well. He freely hugs, cuddles and says “I love you” … [wearing] a most beautiful dimpled smile and [sharing] a contagious laugh. He is very active and loves to wrestle and play soccer with his daddy, older brother, and sister.  

Tadesse is the most adorable baby with attitude! He loves to smile and laugh, but he also loves to get his way…! He is very affectionate, [has] bonded [with] his new family very quickly [and is] quick to give hugs and kisses. In nine weeks, he went from a skinny, …  20-pound baby [with difficultly standing and walking] to a chubby-legged, walking (sometimes running) 24-pound toddler! He plays well by himself, but also loves to be held …. Singing and talking are his favorite thing[s].

I’m pretty amazed, really, at how far we’ve come already as a family.” 

Congratulations, Brian, Tammy, Tadesse, and Milkanu, on your first summer together! 


WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States. Since 1976, we’ve placed over 10,000 children with loving adoptive parents and provided food, medical care and education to more than 200,000 children around the world.
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