Seeing Children in Foster Care Through a Different Lens

Bryan likes remote controlled gadgets: cars, boats, planes. When WACAP met him recently to film his video segment for our “A Family for Me” program, the meeting place was easily determined: a park, with a pond, and an RC boat.

Bar graph showing the 59% of children adopted who participated in WACAP’s A Family for Me program since 2011, and percentages of children who were teens (22%) or siblings (39%).

“A Family for Me” impact since 2011, with the support of our expanded media community partnerships and advocacy.

We film these stories in collaboration with NBC affiliate KING 5 and with the incredible support of news anchor Joyce Taylor, editor Mike Blakey and others on the KING 5 team.

Along with professional photos courtesy of Yuen Lui Studio, we are able to introduce a child or youth in foster care to individuals or couples who might be interested in adoption. Not their case file. Not statistics. A living, breathing young man or woman, girls and boys who, yes, have histories marked by neglect or abuse, but who also have wonderful quirks and potential, charming dispositions, and often a fairly strong sense of humor forged by their own resiliency amid life’s challenges.

From reluctant snapshots to personality-filled portraits, from a case file to a visual narrative, these youth leap off the screen and into your hearts.

Bryan was busy unboxing his new boat, thrilled that it was his to keep (thanks to a donor,) and curious about filming logistics, bantering back and forth with WACAP staffer Denise Russell. Suddenly, he stopped.

“Wait… will the people know how old I am? … Most people don’t want teenagers.”

A photo collage with children participating in WACAP’s "A Family for Me" program

He had recently celebrated his thirteenth birthday, and was clearly concerned that a milestone had been checked off, potentially reducing his chances for a permanent family. What, exactly, do you say to that question?

WACAP answers with our firm belief that there is a family for every child. This “A Family for Me” program flows from that commitment to finding families for children of all backgrounds, ages and levels of need. And it’s working.

Pie chart showing the 59% of children in state foster care adopted or matched since 2011 who participated in WACAP’s A Family for Me program

Since 2011, 59% percent of the foster youth participating in “A Family for Me” have been matched or placed with a family, or adopted.

Between early summer last year (July 2015) to the start of May, we have seen 33 children and youth matched or placed with families, or adopted.

Since the program’s partnership with KING 5 began in 2011, we’ve seen 59 percent of youth featured see similar outcomes.

Like Bryan, these youth may be older (we’ve profiled 53 teens so far!) Some are siblings, and need families willing to adopt more than one child. Some have medical or developmental diagnoses. All of them are worth knowing. All of them have stories to tell, and WACAP is privileged to help them do just that.

We can do this thanks to donors who help us fund this effort and to those who contact us about the adoption process, thinking they just might be the permanent answer for a child in foster care.

And, if you’re wondering, Bryan’s is a success story. He was matched with his family just last month. He now knows that he is wanted, he is loved, and he belongs.


WACAP CEO at orphanage in Africa, children gather smilingAbout 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.

About WACAP

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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One Response to Seeing Children in Foster Care Through a Different Lens

  1. Pingback: Foster Care Month Marks WACAP Milestone: 150 Kids’ Video-Stories Shared | wacap

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