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September 12, 2012

Latta family opens heart to Ethiopian boy

Latta —  

Fetinet O’Neal peeked around a corner of his home, holding out a toy for his parents to admire.

After making sure they saw the toy, the 5-year-old boy moved out of sight. But he was back in the living room a few minutes later, getting ready to play a game with his younger brother, Jalen.

Two months ago, Fetinet left his home in Ethiopia to live with his adoptive parents, Jason and Joely O’Neal, in Latta. He arrived in Latta on July 1 and celebrated his first Fourth of July three days later.

When the O’Neals adopted Fetinet, they had to sign a contract saying that one or both of them would spend at least six weeks at home with him. The first six weeks are key to Fetinet’s ability to bond with his new parents.

Joely spent the first three weeks of the bonding period with Fetinet, including five days in Ethiopia. Jason took two weeks off work to be with Fetinet, and Joely stayed with the boy for the last two weeks before he started first grade at Latta Elementary School.

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