Why 2,000 Photos?

WACAP president sits with many children in orphanage

WACAP President and CEO Lillian Thogersen meets the kids in one Chinese orphanage

Just a few weeks ago, WACAP staff returned from a trip to China, where we had the opportunity to renew or establish new partnerships with four Chinese orphanages. We’re excited to be working with each one to help find families for the children in their care.

Following this trip:
     –You might have seen on our website or heard on our Facebook page that we met over two hundred children who need families.
    –You may have read that the three staff who traveled returned with over 2,000 photos of nearly 100 kids, along with hours and hours of video to share with families.
    –You might have wondered, “Why 2,000 photos?

At each orphanage we visit, before our camera goes “click” and “click” again, WACAP staff gets to meet with the children.

That means WACAP CEO Lillian Thogersen gets to hold a little girl’s hand; she learns this child’s just turned five and has been in the orphanage that whole time. Yu Ping Kuang and Bixin Huang of WACAP’s China team sit down to listen to a 12-year-old boy talk excitedly about why he loves to play soccer. This bright young man looks right into their eyes. (Unless he’s adopted within two years, he won’t get the chance to be … because of his country’s adoption age requirements.)

Slideshow of kids we met

Slideshow of some kids we met

The first picture our staff takes of each child is the most important one; it’s noiseless and not captured by any camera. It’s taken through a lens that says, “I recognize what an extraordinary person you are. And I will show a family — the family who’s right for you — what I see.”

Without any camera in operation, this image has already been collected and indelibly preserved. And only afterward, does our staff lift up the camera, press on the power and bring the frame into focus.

We take 2,000 pictures so we have a way to convey what we already know — that there is another child who is waiting for a family to look through our lens.

(In the slideshow on WACAP’s China adoption webpage, you can meet some of the children we held, met and talked with on our recent trip — children waiting for the family that we can’t wait to show their pictures to. If you’re interested in learning more about when these children’s information will be available from their orphanages, contact us at ckids@wacap.org.)


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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