Jo Reed, manager of WACAP’s Family Finders, talks about how WACAP is bringing hope to children who are waiting — and one of the ways we’re reducing barriers, like cost, to help bring families together.
Every day, I come to work thinking about families. In fact, I search for them — online, by phone, via email. At WACAP, our Family Finders team has over 300 children for whom we are actively looking for families at any given time.
Through this work, there are some things I have learned:
- Every child deserves a family. The teenager, the child with missing limbs, the child who is HIV positive, the sibling groups. All types of children are waiting, and they need all types of families.
- When you focus on finding families for children (rather than the opposite approach), the children win … and families thrive.
- There are amazing families in our midst, willing to commit to a child or children whom others have overlooked; we love these families!
- WACAP is committed to minimizing, as much as possible, any barriers that stand between children and permanent families.
One of the most significant barriers we see is the financial challenge for many families. At WACAP, we know that there are families out there who would move forward with adoption if the costs weren’t so high. More than being just “qualified” to adopt a child, these families are also uniquely capable of loving, nurturing, protecting and meeting the needs of a child. But that initial hurdle of adoption costs discourages many from the process.
With this in mind, I am delighted to let you know that recent donations to WACAP are helping us make an even bigger impact … and bring more children home. If you, or someone you know, has thought about adoption but didn’t pursue it because of cost, I encourage you to take a look at our waiting child page.
Many of our children are regularly assigned grants that will reduce the costs of adoption for families. With these recent donations, even more grant dollars have been assigned to specific children. (On the waiting child page, look for a designation in red that says “Extra Grant Assistance.”)
What are you waiting for? Go meet them!