“Can you find this child a home?”
I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the feeling of being asked that question. It’s an eerie combination of awe, that someone is making such an intimate request, and pride, in the knowledge that WACAP’s team of staff and volunteers can do this thing – this incredible, urgent, vital, life-changing thing. To find a family for a child who needs one.
I was asked this question today, in Thailand. A dedicated team of people doing their best in what should be temporary care, posed the question directly to our WACAP delegation. They shared with us names and histories. We touched their faces and sat with them. We watched them draw and we put puzzles together.
I met children who need someone – perhaps you – to stand tall for them. Boys and girls with quirks and challenges, sweet smiles and mischievous streaks. They are desperate to belong.
I know this because I also met children who will soon be adopted. They have been matched with families who, in the coming months, will come get them and bring them home. These children know the day is coming when they will meet mom and dad. They clutch photos and recognize the faces. They are aware that they will soon belong to someone.
But the others are desperate. They have seen their friends leave to go home, and in their sadness, express anger and ambivalence. They waited for us to come, and they know why we’re here.
So, we are looking for families. Maybe, we are looking for you. Whether you are in a position to adopt, or if you feel otherwise compelled to do something for these children, we need you.
- Contact us, and learn more about the adoption process. Maybe now is the time. I can assure you the need is urgent.
- Volunteer, and help us advocate for these children.
- Support the work of WACAP to find families for children. Our advocacy work is funded completely through donor support, and we simply could not do this without you.
These children are more than statistics. They are human beings with friends and favorite colors, with health or emotional struggles, and who don’t have a parent to love them with reckless abandon. I met twelve of them today.
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.