New Year, New Family

There’s no getting around the fact that adoption, much of the time, is hard. The process is hard. The losses are hard for children and for new families. There is much beauty to be found, though, when you look closely.


In the interest of finding beauty this holiday season, let us share with you Jodi’s story. Jodi had always wanted to parent, and found her heart drawn to be a mom for a child who had waited and who might be considered “hard to place” by some. She focused her search on older children and was matched with a 12 year old from Bulgaria. Immediately, she began the work with WACAP to bring him home.

Then one day everything stopped, and grief descended again over this adoption process. Her soon-to-be son had suddenly, and very unexpectedly, passed away. Jodi was devastated.

After some time had passed, she worked with WACAP and with Bulgarian authorities, continuing her pursuit to adopt a child who was waiting. If she stopped now, she thought, would she ever find the courage to start again?

This past July, an older child in Bulgaria received news that his waiting would soon end. Thanks to Jodi’s commitment, he would now have a mom. They met in August and formed an immediate bond.

And now, we at WACAP are so happy to share their good news with you. Jodi and her new son, Thomas* recently arrived home in the USA just in time to celebrate a new year together, with new starts. As difficult as this year has been for Jodi, the years have also been difficult for Thomas.

May the coming new year bring the knowledge that, whatever comes next, these two have each other. They are family. Happy Holidays to them, and to you. And may 2016 be everything you hope for!


If you would like to help WACAP find families for more children like Thomas, consider a gift to our “Every Child Fund,” and help bring more Thomases home.


Click here to make a donation.

*Thomas is not his real name


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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