Cadel Evans’s family thrilled at arrival of an Ethiopian son

By IndepthAfrica
In Analysis
Dec 30th, 2011

Andrew Chamings and wife Maree adopted Mikiyas from Ethiopia four years ago and say Cadel Evans and wife Chiara will be thrilled with their new son. Picture: Craig Borrow Herald Sun

CADEL Evans and his wife, Chiara Passerini, will make wonderful parents, his grandmother says.

Gwen Cocks, 85, said she was “bursting her buttons” to meet her 10th great-grandchild after it was revealed the couple were adopting a year-old Ethiopian boy.

“The poor little fella is going to have Australian cousins and Italian cousins and Ethiopian family. He’s going to be a very confused little mite,” she said.

“But he’ll be welcomed into a very large and very warm family. This is something he (Evans) has been wanting to do for a very long time.”

Mrs Cocks said she was “absolutely delighted” her little “Del” – the reigning Tour de France champion – was now a father.

Evans and Ms Passerini hope to have their new son living with them at their home in Stabio, Switzerland by next month.

“He wouldn’t have had much of a chance where he was. He’s been looked after beautifully but his start in life wasn’t very good,” Mrs Cocks said.

“But now he’s got parents who will adore him and make sure he has a good education and all the things that parents dream for their children.

“I’m absolutely bursting my buttons to see him and so is his grandmother.

“It’s her first grandchild so I think she will be taking off on a plane very soon.”

Evans’ news brings back joyful memories for Ballarat couple Andrew Chamings and wife Maree Stevenson Chamings, who adopted son Mikiyas, 5, from Ethiopia almost four years ago.

“It just made us a complete family,” Ms Stevenson Chamings said.

“We feel like we are the lucky ones. We were thrilled when we heard about Cadel.”

But, despite their joy, the couple, both aged 42, said the lengthy process and red tape would put off many prospective adoptive parents.

They waited almost five years for their son and had decided against adopting a second.

“We would love a sibling for him but we could be close to 50 before it happened,” Mr Chamings said.

“It’s a very difficult process. We know people who have waited eight or nine years.”

They hope Evans’ profile will help raise awareness about the need for the adoption process to be streamlined in Australia.

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