Coming Home, A Celebration of the Past Year

Kai makes a face at his dad

Kai, adopted from India two months ago, with his dad

Over the past year, 240 children have come home to their families. (That’s about five school buses full of children, or up to fifteen classrooms brimming with kids and teeming with potential.)

WACAP remains committed to our vision, “a family for every child,” and we are overjoyed to welcome so many children home this year. While each family has an amazing, individual story to tell, there’s another story we’re celebrating, too, as we reflect on the hundreds of futures brightened by adoption.

Today, 240 more children are surrounded by a family’s love, but just a year before, each of one these children knew different circumstances. Waking up in orphanages and in foster care across the globe, some faced growing too old to be adopted according to their country’s adoption laws. Some kids, after years in state foster care, wondered when they would know the joy of a permanent home. Brothers and sisters hoped they might be adopted together. Others needed a family who could help them get the medical care they needed to thrive.

  • Many children who waited years for a family, some perhaps passed by because they were older, are finally home. Nearly forty percent of the children who came home were age 5 or above, and nearly  40 kids were age 10 or older.
  • In the past, because more adoptive families have sought to adopt girls, boys have waited longer for a family. This year, nearly half of the children who came home were boys.
  • Three children who are HIV positive are home with their families for the new year.
  • Seven children with Down syndrome enjoyed a holiday season at home, celebrating with their parents, brothers and sisters.
  • One boy, adopted weeks before his 14th birthday (his country’s age cut-off to be adopted), was able to celebrate his birthday with his parents. Several other children who neared their country’s adoption age cut-off are also home this year.
  • A group of four siblings were adopted together, and two more groups of three siblings are also celebrating family with one another.
  • An 11-year-old who was born blind is with the family who is right for her.
  • Hundreds of children will grow up with the assurance of a parent’s love.

Each year, and here at the close of 2012, we celebrate the many lives changed through adoption, the joy only a family brings, and the gift of coming home.


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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