As I write this, I am exhausted from a busy August day in China, getting to know new friends in Huaihua City in the Hunan province. There are three of us on this trip: myself, WACAP’s China Program Director Elizabeth Rose, and volunteer physician Berkeley Powell. We are led by WACAP’s China representative Michael Huang. WACAP is launching a new orphanage partnership here, and there’s no better way to get to know new Hunan friends than over shared meals and spending time with children.
Breathing was a challenge many times today, not just due to the sticky heat but because of the weight of the futures that hung in our designated room heavier than the humidity. The parade of children came to greet us, and they were breathtaking. I believe I met your child today.
He held my hand with a firm grip, and later we rolled a ball back and forth.
She smiled at me from behind her nanny’s leg.
He warmed to me after his visit, when he returned to the room a bit jealous of the attention given to the other children.
And your daughter, well she couldn’t stand me, and screamed when I tried to take photos of her for you. I gave the camera over to her nannies, though, and she did fine.
I was filled with hope for the young toddler with Down syndrome, knowing he will find love with your family. As we discussed when we met the city’s Civil Affairs directors, he will know a love which knows no borders.
These orphanage and civil affairs leaders knew of WACAP’s reputation in China, a reputation earned over years of work by WACAP’s terrific staff and the endless line of WACAP families since 1990 who have travelled to China to create or grow their families. And I thought of you. You may have travelled to China previously to meet your child. Perhaps you will travel soon. Others reading this post may never set foot in China, but are passionate about the children here without families, and you are helping to support WACAP financially in order to end their wait.
I bragged on you all today to my new friends. I told them that you are working and learning and ready to be matched with your sons or daughters. You aren’t daunted by medical diagnoses or developmental delays. You are ready for all that has been left in trauma’s wake. You know that WACAP stands ready to help you prepare and to support you after placement. You love these children, will ensure they know of their country and cherish their cultural heritage.
Perhaps you are still waiting to be found, but you are out there.
And I met your child today.
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.