When we made a declaration of those traits we value at WACAP, we decided to take a risk. Let’s face it, hardly anyone chooses to value excellence. It’s polarizing. (Read those last sentences again, but this time with tongue firmly in cheek.) Clearly claiming not only the pursuit of but the achievement of excellence in our work is, however, a challenge we at WACAP are ready to meet. What does excellence look like in the world of adoption? Below are my thoughts:
- Excellence looks like a compelling case for support, inviting our community to invest in the future of children with us.
- It feels exhausting and overwhelming, after two weeks overseas meeting more than 300 children who need families, then realizing that we must find a way to advocate for every one of them.
- It sounds frustrating, when we communicate tough decisions through phone lines and across time zones, and hope that our emphasis on meeting the best interests of children is clearly understood. (This one frustrates on both sides of that phone call.)
- Excellence is found in the late night planning for our Family Friday adoption training events, knowing that preparing families for adoption is actually a profound service to children.
- It is the sense of comfort and reassurance you feel, knowing that all of the delays, any re-filing of paperwork, each of the notarized documents filed, have culminated in the creation of a forever family, and family has the power to transform lives.
- It sounds like sincere compassion, when a family makes the brave decision to ask for help after placement when things seem to be falling apart, and they realize they aren’t alone.
- Excellence is the joy we feel when we find just the right family for a child, or sibling group, after others have said it couldn’t be done. And it is the happy tears that come when we open an email with photos of those children thriving in their new homes.
“We are proud of the work we do, achieving excellence every day.”
Why do we strive every day at WACAP to achieve excellence? Children are worth it. Our families are worth it. We have set our sights on excellence because — beyond the resolve of our staff, and steadfastness of our families, and after the hard work they do — the results are remarkable.
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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.