26 July, 2012

Australian Story - Ethiopian adoptees and their family

ABC1’s Australian Story is doing a story on the Johnson’s an Ethiopian adoptive family this Mondays 30th July at 8.00 pm and will be repeated on Saturday 4th August at 12.30 pm.

Last month, the Federal government ended its sometimes controversial intercountry adoption program with Ethiopia, dashing the hopes of waiting couples.  More than 600 children – mostly orphans - from the impoverished nation have found new lives in Australia.  Most notably, cyclist Cadell Evans and his wife adopted an Ethiopian baby last year via an overseas program.  In 2001 Ian and Sandy Johnson from Queensland's Sunshine Coast set off to Ethiopia to collect an orphaned little girl, and then later, her newly discovered five year old brother. Australian Story tracked the Johnsons' difficult journey into parenthood.  Now with the children 12 and 15, we return to find out how it's all worked out.

You watch the show after Monday and provide feedback to Australia Story at http://www.abc.net.au/austory/

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