Meet WACAP’s new CEO, Greg Eubanks, as he talks about the uniqueness of each adoption story, and the process of writing the wonderful story of family.
WACAP’s new CEO Greg Eubanks surrounded by smiles during a visit to an orphanage in Africa
I’m new to WACAP, but not to the adoption world. The stories never get old. Adoptions come in as many different versions as do ice crystals, and it always changes me somewhat to realize that a child’s life is forever altered by the experience of folding into a new family.
As an adoptive dad, and as someone who has known and loved children and teenagers who’ve been welcomed home from orphanages and foster care, I really must acknowledge the pain that exists right alongside the joy in adoptees. This is a hard reality for us to bear. Regardless of how firmly attached a child is with their new, wonderful, nurturing, forever family, there was once another. One who wasn’t. One who couldn’t. One who has left a long shadow over a child’s security and sense of identity.
So, when I think of my new role at WACAP, I want to say this to the adoptive families within our circle, and to our incredible community of supporters:
Thank you for committing so ferociously to your children, whatever may come, and helping us reach the children still waiting to belong to a family.
One adult adoptee I know, who was adopted as a toddler, told me once about sleep problems she experienced throughout adolescence, and waking up nightly with the overwhelming fear that her adoptive family would have sneaked away in the overnight hours, leaving her alone all over again.
Another adoptive family tells the story of the first few days with their son and their efforts to help him understand that family meant he wouldn’t be left alone. Even when his dad was in the next room, this child’s eyes would well up with anxious tears. “So I taught him how to call me if he was lonely. After that,” this WACAP dad says, “a soft voice would sometimes call, ‘Paaaaw-py.’ And I’d be there.”
Being there for your children, whether biological or adopted, is tough, tough work. And, by the way, it’s also pretty wonderful.
How has your story unfolded?
About WACAP’s New CEO: Joining WACAP in December, Greg Eubanks brings with him a passion for serving children and families that has been at the heart of his professional career since he began as a case manager and family therapist in the mid-90s. He comes to WACAP a 20-year veteran in nonprofit executive leadership and business administration with extensive experience in international adoption and foster care. Alongside WACAP’s community of families and supporters, Greg is committed to bringing hope to the children living without a family … and helping them home.
If you would like to help a child know the love of a family, whether by becoming an adoptive parent, volunteering with WACAP or offering your financial support to help bring children home, contact WACAP at email@example.com.