Why on earth does an adoption agency need donations? I am rarely asked that question, but surely many people wonder. Adoption is expensive, and surely those funds are enough to support WACAP‘s work. Don’t they?
Fees paid by families go directly to enable the services we provide to the family, yes. Preparation and home study services, and all of the services related to adoption, from translations, to immigration processing, having documents authenticated and apostilled. This work is paid for by fees.
There is much of our work, however, that fees don’t begin to cover.
The assistance we provide internationally to support children who wait happens only because of donations. Gifts to our Humanitarian Aid Fund allow us to provide caregiver training, and access to much needed care for children who wait in orphanages.
Our advocacy work to find families for children can only happen when donors step forward to help us tell the stories of children who wait, introducing them to families across the USA. Donations to the Every Child Fund allow us to do this work and change their stories.
Our work to bring permanency to children and youth in U.S. foster care through adoption is only partially covered by fees and state contracts. By donating to the Fund for US Kids, you can help end the wait for a child or youth in foster care, and support WACAP families during challenges of placement prior to adoption.
And, because we believe that families should be strong and permanent, WACAP wants to commit as much as our adoptive families do. We offer lifelong support after adoption, through online support groups and phone consultations. We offer education and opportunities to connect with other families. We help families find professional service providers close to home who are adoption competent. A gift to our Strong Families Fund allows us to offer these services without fees, because the commitment made by adoptive families should be honored.
Is WACAP an adoption agency? Not really.
WACAP is a dynamic, global nonprofit seeking to transform lives through our expert services. Yes, we help out in the creation of families, but our work extends prior and after the work of adoption. Our work is urgent, because children are waiting in orphanages. Children in the USA are growing up in foster care without parents who will be there after graduation. So we invest in their lives, we go find them and meet them and tell their stories, introducing these wonderful children and teenagers to families open to adoption. While they wait, we help their caregivers through training and consultation. We support efforts to provide education, and nutrition and access to health care. We earn the right to bring them home.
And then, after these children are safely in the care of their new, permanent family, we continue to support those families. When those children grow up, we offer support for them as adults.
Won’t you help us?
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.