I believe in adoption. As the CEO of a national, 40-year-old adoption agency, that statement shouldn’t surprise anyone. Let’s hope not, at least. However, there’s more to this statement than the words themselves. Not only have I dedicated my professional career to this concept, but my personal life as well. I am an adoptive dad. I am an adoptive uncle. I am an adoptive cousin.
When you know someone who’s been adopted personally, you begin to understand the richness and complexity that the concept of adoption holds. And you know it’s much more than a “transactional relationship,” which is a way I’ve seen many people view the world of adoption. How unfortunate that latter view is. For agencies such as WACAP, adoption is not about finding children for families in a fee-for-service arrangement. No, adoption is about finding families for children, a transformative distinction.
It was with this in mind that we at WACAP began to evaluate our mission and vision statements. We knew the above to be true for our board members, coworkers, and adoptive families. But how well were we communicating this distinction to others?
We began with our vision. How do we want the world to look? At WACAP, our vision is simple: a family for every child. Every child. The older ones, the ones with siblings attached, the ones with limb differences, congenital diagnoses. Those who look different than us. Those who look like us. Those who are teenagers. We believe that there is a family for every child. Each day, we work to find those families and end the wait for a child whom others have overlooked.
Our mission statement puts a stake in the ground for how we plan to build this world where every child has a family. WACAP is a champion for children, finding and preparing permanent families, and offering lifelong support after adoption. Read it closely because there’s a lot packed into this statement. WACAP is dedicated to serving children before, during and after adoption. We’re thankful for those who walk this road with us to forever change the life of a child.
Adoption changes things. It provides children with access to education and health care. It resolves nutritional deficiencies and prevents homelessness. It means a child won’t have to wait a childhood to know the love and permanency of family.
Adoption will absolutely transform lives. At WACAP, we believe this with every fiber of our being.
Interested in learning more? Visit www.wacap.org and follow this blog feed (under the “Mission Vision Values Series” category) for a new post each week through July to read more about our organization and the concepts that drive us forward for children.
About WACAP’s CEO, Greg Eubanks: Greg joined WACAP as CEO in December 2014. Serving children and families has been the focus and passion of his 20-year career in nonprofit executive leadership and business administration. With an extensive background in international adoption and foster care, Greg is committed to bringing hope to the children living without a family … and helping them home.