This year, we are celebrating WACAP’s 40th Anniversary. Wow. 40 years of bringing together families with the children who so desperately need them. Over 11,400 children have come home to parents who love them, to new siblings, to forever. I’m not sure I can even wrap my mind around it.
Having recently returned from a trip where I visited children living in orphanages, the transformation isn’t subtle. No, the transformation adoption brings for a child is miraculous. Adoption wipes away the barriers to education, to healthcare, or clean water.
Transracial families will tell you how adoption has completely rewired their views on racial reconciliation. And many adopted persons will tell you that, though adoption can never erase the loss or relieve the grief that comes from losing one’s biological connections, it creates the opportunity to grieve and to heal.
In the past decade, international adoptions have been in significant decline. Our work continues. And we remain steadfast on behalf of the children whom others might overlook. See how our international adoptions compare to the curve of adoptions to the USA from other countries, according to the U.S. State Department statistics:
We at WACAP are humbled by the legacy we’ve inherited. We are committed to continuing this work for those children who have no one to be their champion. Until a child joins a new, permanent family through adoption, we will be his champion. We will advocate on behalf of her need to belong.
Stand with us. Help us seek out families, prepare them to adopt, and provide adopted persons and their families the support they’ll need as they move ahead.
We have more to do. 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.