WACAP Is a Champion for Children

Our mission statement begins, “WACAP is a champion for children.”

CHAMPION. It’s a word returning 418,000,000 results on a Google search. Image searches show the sports clothing line, and the winners of the most recent Super Bowl.

No, we’re not a champion on a Wheaties box. Nor did we win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. However, the first words in our mission statement really tell who we are.

Here’s what these words say:

WACAP has helped children for nearly 40 years. We’ve forever changed the lives of over 10,000 children through adoption, and we continue to advocate for the children who wait.

Here’s why these words are so important:

We know that life is hard for children without families. Because of the need, and because of the stakes, we do not accept this role passively and quietly. We know that children need our help, and they need it now.

Here’s the path we travel:

As a “champion,” WACAP is a defender of those children living in foster care and in orphanages around the world who have been overlooked. WACAP battles for the rights of children to have a loving, permanent family. We champion the cause of helping vulnerable children with urgency, knowing that damage is done with each day that slips by without a family for these children.

paralympian and wacap adoptee smiles with wacap staff before event

Mary Duncan (right) with WACAP adoptee Maggie Redden, who spoke at WACAP’s spring luncheon about what it means for a child to have a champion and a family.

Here’s our challenge:

To be a true champion for children, we can’t be satisfied with the status quo. We must expand to places where children are not being served. We must constantly evaluate our services and develop new ways to meet the changing needs of children and families. We must consider our role in helping institutionalized children through humanitarian aid. For those children who are waiting, for those children who have joined families, for those children who are vulnerable — our challenge is to be a champion for them.

Through adopting, donating, and volunteering, many beyond just WACAP staff are champions for children. We thank all of you who join us in this commitment, and invite you to be a part of our work as we move forward.

Interested in learning more? Visit www.wacap.org and follow this blog feed for a new post each week through July to read more about our organization and the concepts that drive us forward for children. 

headshot of WACAP Vice President of Fund Development Mary DuncanAbout WACAP’s Vice President of Fund Development, Mary Duncan:
Mary Duncan first volunteered with WACAP in 1993, working at an orphanage in Romania and soon after, joined WACAP’s staff as a case manager. Also an adoptive aunt and adoptive sister, Mary continued to serve children and families at WACAP as a supervisor in adoption programs and in family recruitment.
Now as Vice President of Fund Development, she enjoys the opportunity to interact with donors and supporters and sharing about WACAP’s transformational work for children.


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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