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Thursday, December 7, 2006

He found a home

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Sameer Dhanda snuggles with his father Rahul, as mother Michelle looks on in their Watertown home
(Globe Staff Photo by Bill Polo)

Americans adopt 20,000 children a year from overseas, a number that has tripled in the past decade. A small but growing number of families are choosing to adopt from Ethiopia, rather than from countries such as China, Russia, and Guatemala with much larger, established placement programs.

Waltham-based Wide Horizons for Children is one of only a handful of US agencies licensed to work in Ethiopia.

Michelle and Rahul Dhanda of Watertown adopted their son Sameer in November 2005, when he was 10 months old.

Michelle Dhanda said Ethiopia was "a country where it was obvious you could have a great impact."

But her husband said adopting Sameer wasn't purely altruistic. "We wanted to become parents," he said. "What we've done for his life is nothing compared to what he's done for us."

Read more about the new trend in today's Globe West and check out a slide show with more pictures of the kids and their families.

-- Erica Noonan

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