“These children will capture our hearts for weeks. And for long after the trip is over.”
—Pat, WACAP Volunteer (April 8, 2016)
Arriving in China’s Shandong province about a week ago, WACAP’s staff/volunteer team will be traveling through late April. For all of them, it’s already been a busy trip … but filled with the kinds of opportunities that transform lives.
As they visit WACAP’s partner orphanages, they will continue to meet with orphanage officials and help to equip caregivers by offering requested training and support. Most importantly, they’ll make a difference for children who need an advocate today and a family forever.
Joining China Case Manager Lindsey Gilbert on this trip is WACAP’s staff liaison in China, Michael, and three WACAP volunteers:
- Berkely, a doctor and adoptive parent, who is sharing his invaluable medical expertise as staff meet with children.
- Lori, a parent/advocate, whose is using her creative background in photography to help capture each child’s personality and story.
- Pat, a physical therapist and educator, who is teaching orphanage caregivers ways they can best support children with cerebral palsy. (The orphanages requested that WACAP provide this training as part of the visit, so that caregivers could help the children reach their fullest potential while in care and after joining an adoptive family.)
We’re grateful for what each volunteer is bringing to this trip, as well as the coordination and commitment of our staff in China.
Please watch for more accounts and photos from China in the coming days!