On the last working day of 2011, staff at WACAP walked by the door to the copy room, the same plain door as usual. But it looked different today. Those gathered around the door spoke differently.
Hanging on the door was a sign: “Kids Who Came Home in 2011 – Thanks to You.” Next to the sign, a printout extending the length of the doorframe. On the list, the name of every child WACAP helped bring home this year.
One boy, adopted a week before his 14th birthday, was home in time for this holiday season. A 2-year old with Down syndrome and his sibling have found their family. Three siblings from state foster care will ring in the new year together. A 10-year-old boy who is HIV positive is finally home. A 2-year-old girl with spina bifida will rest in her parents’ arms.
The sheets of paper taped to the door reflect the hard work of WACAP staff, the thousands of hours our volunteers give, the generous support of our community, and of course, the dedication of families who have reached out to bring home their son or daughter.
Here, at the close of 2011, we at WACAP would like to remember the lives that have been changed, thanks to you.