Category Archives: Facts and Figures

Limitless Potential

Over 110,000 children in U.S. foster care are waiting for adoption. They are waiting for someone to see their limitless potential, and say yes to their need. Continue reading

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The Waiting Game: “How long does it take to adopt?”

“How Long Does it Take to Adopt?” Everyone wants to know. How long, really? Waiting is one of the most excruciatingly unpredictable pieces of the adoption process for prospective families. My answer? It can take a while. Much of it … Continue reading

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It Takes a Little Time

I’ve heard them time and again. Questions about adoption can often come across as riddles, often leading to even more questions. Most often, I find that my answer invariably begins with the phrase, “It depends.” This question, however, has a … Continue reading

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Strong Families

Last year, when WACAP leadership re-evaluated our mission statement, we decided to take a stand, and declared our intention to offer lifelong support after adoption. Questions were asked, “Do we really mean it?” We do. As we’ve mentioned previously, the … Continue reading

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A Question Many Wonder, But That Few Ask

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 … Continue reading

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Tell a Story, Change a Story.

I’m often asked about the specifics of how adoption has changed over the years. Like most questions about adoption, the answer begins with a qualifier, “It’s complicated.” At the end of the answer, we’re left with the reality of children … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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11,400 Lives

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 … Continue reading

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Unadoptable? Unacceptable.

Sometimes I struggle with how to talk about the “types of” children we serve at WACAP. Certainly, the adopted persons I’ve met are remarkable, funny, creative and compassionate. However, in an adoption world where the historical idea of “healthy newborns” … Continue reading

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Adoption From Foster Care

Of more than 400,000 children in the United States foster care system, there are 108,000 children who are waiting to be adopted.1  Read that once more and let it sink in. 108,000. This is fact, and it is unacceptable. It … Continue reading

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