“We have literally watched (our child) come alive. She has gained tremendous strength physically, but her entire demeanor is so different! She is LOVED. She is HOME. She has a voice and she now knows that it matters to a whole group of people… Thank you for all that you do as an organization to bring LIFE.”
Sometimes, working in the non-profit sector can feel like a thankless task. There are no big salaries or company cars. No fancy holiday parties or incentive packages. Just a seemingly endless amount of bureaucracy and roadblocks, and the humble knowledge that we are trying to make the world a better place through our work.
It’s a fact that, for WACAP’s staff, every child we place becomes “our child” if only for a moment in time, whether we meet them in an orphanage an ocean away, or at a local meeting with state foster care workers. When WACAP makes the decision to advocate for a child and find that child a family, those kids belong to us in our hearts.
So at WACAP, our “perks” come in the way of communications from our families. Holiday cards filled with family photos. Graduation announcements. Newspaper clippings about milestones reached and awards won. We smile through tears as we read about “our kids” uniting with their families, learning and growing, facing and overcoming challenges; in many ways simply living life – but LOVED – in a family.
Thank you for sharing your lives with us in 2015. Over the coming months we will be launching some new ways that WACAP families can share photos and updates with our staff, and in turn, we promise to share more stories with you here. WACAP’s vision is: a family for every child. With your help, we will find a family for each and every child we meet in 2016 and beyond. Happy New Year!
About WACAP’s Director of Communications, Julie Snyder: Julie joined the organization in 2008. Her role includes managing WACAP’s website and webinars, social media, advertising and internet marketing campaigns. Julie’s role at home includes being mom to her six-year-old daughter adopted through the China Waiting Child program.