WACAP Milestones: An Update on Joel

Three years ago, Joel waited in a Thai orphanage while his family worked through the adoption process. Today, Joel is proud preschool graduate and soon to be big brother. His mom, Kam, tells us:


Joel’s referral photo from 2008

Joel is doing remarkably well. Last week, he graduated from our church preschool despite our constant begging for him to stop growing taller and older! He has had an amazing year and is learning so much. As most institutionalized children do, he came to us quite delayed in speech, cognition, and fine motor skills, but has exceeded our expectations, and his teachers say that he has impressed them time and time again.

Joel and mom

Joel and his mom on graduation day

He has been involved with speech therapy twice a week for the last year and we have seen amazing improvement in that area. We can’t believe Joel will be entering Kindergarten in a few months!

Beautifully attached and bonded to us, Joel continues to reach out and love his relatives. Uncle Keith is his hero, second only to Dad! Recently, he and Joel took to the movie theater to see the cartoon version of Star Wars, on the big screen. It was a much anticipated day for him! He insisted on wearing his Darth Vader mask both en route to and during the movie!

Star Wars

Joel and his Uncle Keith

Joel is also looking forward to the homecoming of his new “baby bruh-wer” from China later this year! He is ready to have someone to have light saber fights with besides his older sisters! He is beside himself with excitement and is quite sure we will relent and name our son Darth Maul. We broke the news to him recently that, in fact, we wouldn’t be using his suggestion. It was a mighty blow. But he has recovered nicely. 🙂

These days, Joel is learning to ride his bike without training wheels and though he hasn’t mastered it yet, we know it’s just a matter of time! He is very determined and so focused when he sets his mind to something. We love that about him. He has overcome many obstacles in his short life and he is continuing to do so with grace and determination. He came to us just a week after his third birthday. In a few months, he will turn six and it hit me recently that he will soon have been with us as long as he was in the orphanage. The transformation has been an amazing one. Our Thai Tornado (as we affectionately call him), has been grafted so seamlessly into our family. We can’t imagine life without him and are forever grateful to the fabulous team at WACAP for helping to bring our beautiful son home to us!

Thank you, Kam and family, for the update! Joel, congratulations on your graduation, and May The Force Be With You!


WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States. Since 1976, we’ve placed over 10,000 children with loving adoptive parents and provided food, medical care and education to more than 200,000 children around the world.
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