We have reached the end of our trip. Korea and Thailand have welcomed us, and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know those with whom WACAP works in each country to achieve permanency for children.
Today, we met with officials of Thailand’s Department of Children and Youth. We celebrated with them their recent successful homeland trip for Thai adoptees and families. We exchanged our mutual desire that the children in their care meet their adoptive families as soon as possible. I must admit, that after these meetings, I have never felt the urgency of our work so intensely.
We return to Seattle with renewed hope in the workings of the adoption systems, strengthened relationships with those individuals on the ‘other end of the email,’ and with even more children in our hearts and on our minds.
What I can’t shake is the thought that I will soon head home to my family, whom I miss so much. The children I met on this trip, however, will not. These children have no family. No one to miss them or stick by them no matter what the future holds. Let me be clear: the caregivers I’ve met during this trip have been wonderful, dedicated saints. The same is true of foster parents in the US. However, institutions cannot raise children. Only families can. These children remain in a temporary system with the best of intentions and the worst of outcomes. Let’s do better for them.
Thank you for your thoughts and support. Thank you for helping us find families for orphaned children. Thank you for adopting children and loving them so well. We still have much to do, however. Let’s do it together.
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.