Do Just One Thing

One of the children WACAP staff met during visit to Korea, playing and laughing with WACAP CEO

WACAP CEO Plays and Laughs with the Children

Today was filled with kids! We met several of Korea’s children currently benefiting from the work Holt Korea does.

When You Meet the Children …
Meeting the children makes everything real for me. When there is a flesh-and-blood person reaching arms up toward me, or playing and laughing with me, the “work” aspect of adoption quickly fades and the “real life” aspect races to the forefront.

One of the children WACAP staff met during visit to Korea, driving a play plastic car

One of the Spirited Children Staff Met in Korea

These children are living without permanent families. That’s real. That’s unacceptable.

Today, I also got to know Harry and Bertha Holt much better, who founded Holt Children’s Services of Korea in 1955. While Harry passed away just nine short years later, in 1964, Bertha kept this work going (and growing!) until her death in 2000. Holt is our collaborating agency in Korea, referring children for adoption to placing agencies like WACAP.

One of the children WACAP staff met during visit to Korea, playing with red ball

Visiting the Children, At Play

And, today, I met some of those children. Most live with foster families until their adoptive families come to bring them home.

“All children are beautiful when they are loved.” (Bertha Holt)

The children I met today are loved, and they are, indeed, beautiful. Their care is world-class. However, they still desperately need permanency. They wait, in the land of the temporary, for families to step forward and claim them as their own – forever.

Caregiver plays with one of the children during WACAP's visit to Korea

In Korea, a Caregiver with One of the Children

One Thing That Changes Everything
The Holts set out, not to change the world, but to follow their hearts and do just one thing. For them, that one thing was adopting children. By doing that one thing, however, they changed the world.If you, or someone you know, is interested in adoption from Korea or another place across the globe (or in the U.S.), give WACAP a call at 1-800-732-1887, or email us. If adoption is not for you, but you are discovering a passion for these children, call us about how you might help.

Staff from WACAP and other adoption agencies from the U.S., France, Luxembourg, and Denmark outside Holt Korea Offices in Seoul.

Adoption Agency Staff from the U.S., France, Luxembourg, and Denmark outside Holt Korea Offices

Let’s change the world.

Next stop, Thailand.


WACAP CEO at orphanage in Africa, children gather smilingAbout 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.

About WACAP

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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