Hear from Priyanka Joshi, manager of WACAP’s India adoption program, as she talks about her recent experience in an Indian orphanage and gives a window into why her every day work at WACAP couldn’t be more inspiring …
During my visit to an orphanage in India last year, I had the chance to meet some children with medical needs — cheerful children, who played and laughed freely within the orphanage premises and chatted enthusiastically about little things that always seemed to make them happy. One of them in particular was a curly-haired little girl with osteogenesis imperfect (a disease that causes bones to be weak and easily broken).
She lay gleefully in her cot with bandaged legs. As I handed her a little present sent from her old friend and the family that had adopted her friend, she jumped and sat up to say thank you. She then made an extra effort to give me a hug after I read a little note that her friend had written to her letting her know how much she missed her. This little girl is now on her way to being adopted by that same family who adopted her friend (who will be her very own sister soon)!
This is just a small sample of the amazing stories I get to witness and hear as an adoption case manager at WACAP!
Adopting from India or any other country comes with a number of important steps, some of which take longer than others. And when waiting to bring home a child, any step can seem too long. As I interact with each of the families I get to work with, I see a varying array of emotions ranging from those temporary moments of helplessness or anxiousness in between steps, to a wonderful sense of excitement and anticipation. Through all this — the changes that can arise with international adoption when countries update or change a process, or the longer-than-hoped-for wait times — I am privileged to see these families’ continued commitment to the children waiting to come home to them.
One of our families waited 18 months after being matched with their child to bring their daughter home. During this time, India’s central adoption authority was working (and continues) to improve their adoption system and processes, and though this family experienced some slowdowns, they waited patiently and uncomplainingly.
Their little girl was finally united with her family in May of 2014. Within three months of being home, she had already traveled through ten states in the U.S with her family, learned how to swim, dance and speak English. Her mom wrote recently, “We love her so much! She has such a delightful, joyful, and friendly personality! Thank you so much for allowing her to join our family. We have been truly blessed by her presence and love her dearly!”
Moments like these are the highpoints of my job, and I love what I do because of these children and families.
In all of this, WACAP has shown me the right direction in my work — to work with dedication, compassion and strive to make a difference! As we celebrate National Adoption Month, I think of all the waiting children who wish for a family to call their own and thank all those families who are waiting to make these kids’ wishes come true. I also congratulate and commend our families for their perseverance, patience and the incredible role that they play in their children’s lives!
WACAP India Adoption Case Manager
For over two decades, WACAP has worked in India, with over 1,100 children coming home to their families across the U.S. We are overjoyed to continue bringing children and families together through adoption. If you’d like to learn more about adopting from India or how you can help children find the families they’re waiting for, let us know.