Our success? Hero driven.

In my job, I work every day to drive the philanthropic engine behind WACAP’s work. Like most nonprofits, we wrestle with how to best describe our mission and the stories that flow from its spark. In our world, however, one thing is clear. The people of WACAP– our staff, adoptive parents, volunteers and donors– are the absolute reason for our success. Their efforts are heroic, really. It should come as no surprise, then, that our values include an aspiration to develop leaders from within our ranks and to recognize the many examples of outstanding efforts on behalf of children around the world.

A photo of four children dressed as popular superheroesAt WACAP we aspire to develop leaders who will dream, inspire & accomplish great things in the world of adoption.

While WACAP as an organization has been a leader in the field of adoption for decades, we are just as committed to developing leaders from among our individual employees and high level volunteers to enhance and increase our effectiveness.

  • We see leadership in employees like Zia and Elana and Kate who develop and deliver outstanding training for prospective families, preparing them for what’s to come and building relationships that invite families to seek them out as a resource when the going gets tough.

  • Leadership is foundational for  coworkers like Jo and Lynne and Denise and Lindsey, who launch innovative methods to match children with families – and are successful when very few believe it possible.


We also work to recognize great work when we see it.  

There’s no doubt about it: our people do amazing things every day to change the lives of children. We’re going on record and stand committed to expressing value for these accomplishments in more intentional and relevant methods. You should get to know these folks:

  • Volunteers like Jan who donates her time and expertise to edit and format a bulletin of waiting children in China, works with information in the child and family data bases, and has compiled and charted research data on family recruitment. Or James who edits videos of waiting children so we can share a little of their personalities with potential families.

  • Adoptive parents like Matt or Becky who not only remain committed to their adoptive children, but call WACAP with a desire to advocate for more children, and help find them families.

  • Board Members like Laura, who share their stories with others, volunteer their time to directing the work of WACAP and ensuring our ongoing success.

Yes, our people are heroes. We’re unbelievably proud, and lives will never be the same.

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.

DuncanKids_WACAPAbout 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. Having just celebrated her 22nd year at WACAP, she counts her children, who are often (willingly) voluntold to assist with WACAP events, among WACAP’s heroes.




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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