Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope, hosts the Empowered To Connect Conference — a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be.
The conference features Dr. Karyn Purvis together with Michael & Amy Monroe, and is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, therapists and others.
REGISTER HERE for conferences scheduled in 2015!
The America World 2015 calendars have shipped to those who pre-ordered and we would love to hear what you think of the new design. We received some truly amazing photos this year from our families, which made our staff's job of selecting calendar winners a very difficult one.
If you have received your 2015 calendar, we would love to hear your feedback about the new design! Go to our Facebook page to comment or Tweet to @AmericaWorld and let us know what you think.
Did you miss the pre-order deadline and still want a calendar? Do you want to order extras? We have some calendars left for a suggested donation of $20 each. ORDER YOURS today by selecting General Donation from the drop-down, and note 2015 calendar in the Comments section. Be sure to start saving those great photos for our next calendar contest the fall of 2015!
Last Wednesday America World did something that was a bit different than it had ever done before...Day of Hope. The challenge was to meet the needs of three very important initiatives without passing on the financial burden to adopting families. As adoption expenses continue to climb, we wanted to keep these initiatives from adding to a family's adoption expenses. The initiatives were:
- Rent for our Ethiopia transitional homes of $74,600
- The China Welcoming Angels hosting program in March of $4,000 per child
- Hallie's Hope Fund which helps to provide critical care & support to children and families experiencing difficulties following their return home
The goal was to fully fund each of the three initiatives, which required $120,000. At the end of the day America World families and friends raised $40,917! An anonymous donor graciously offered to match all donations up to $60,000, which meant that $81,834 was raised in a single day to help meet our goal! The Day of Hope campaign continues through December 31, 2014.
Since last Wednesday, donations have continued to come in. As of this morning you have raised $56,817 and with the match our new total is $113,634! We are only $6366 from funding all three initiatives!
We would ask that you continue to share this important campaign with your family and friends. Note that America World is now able to accept stocks and securities in addition to monetary donations. Also, remember that many employers offer a company matching gifts for non-profit initiatives. Donations can be made HERE using General Donation from the drop-down, and noting Day of Hope in the Comments section.
Please pray that we will meet, and even exceed, our goal. And thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus to orphans who will experience life change as a result.
This past weekend, six of the nine families who are currently in China spent two days sightseeing in Beijing before traveling to their child’s province.
Each America World family has the option to participate in two days of Beijing sightseeing at the beginning of their trip. Our excellent in-country guides take each travel group to the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace and the Forbidden City. Families are also given the opportunity to visit a jade factory, pearl shop and tea shop. Participating in Beijing sightseeing is not only a great opportunity for families to adjust to the time difference before meeting their children, it is also allows them to learn about the history of their children’s country of origin and get to know the other families in the travel group.
All nine families were united with their children this past weekend. They will remain in their child’s province until Friday when they will fly to the US Consulate in Guangzhou to obtain their child’s visa before traveling home on Christmas Eve. Please join us in praying for these families as they continue to bond with their children and move closer to bringing them home.
Our China Waiting Children profile page is updated regularly. Remember that children designated as "LID-only" are only available to families who have their dossier (paperwork) in China. APPLY TODAY to begin the adoption process to be eligible for "LID-only" children on the China Waiting Child list.
Join Jon Bergeron, Ph.D. and Paul Pennington from Hope for Orphans as Dr. Bergeron fields questions from viewers about the challenging issues that can often surface for adoptive and foster families. Join in by sending your questions and hearing insightful and practical answers from a child psychologist and adoptive father who has personally faced the challenges that the holidays can bring.
The live stream event happens tomorrow evening, Tuesday, December 16 from 8:00 to 9:00 pm. REGISTER HERE
Each year, we enjoy decorating our front lobby with the Christmas cards sent by families who have adopted through our agency (and some former staff, too!). Thank you for sending in your cards – they put a smile on our face and are a great reminder of why we do what we do! Your families are beautifully crafted by God!
If you haven’t done so, please consider adding us to your Christmas card mailing list!
For America World Adoption it just makes sense to partner with Just Love Coffee. Stories are told and unfold as we come together to share coffee. Stories that change lives or stories of lives changed.
So, for Christmas this year, America World Adoption is offering great coffee for a great cause! You can purchase a gift packet this year for a loved one with samples of 4 or 8 different coffee blends and roasts from Just Love Coffee in addition to some wonderful AWAA memorabilia! This coffee is SO good that they won the 2014 Coffee Roaster of the Year!
Another little one now has a family! Her soon-to-be big brother (also adopted from China) is so excited for her to come home. He mentioned how excited he was that she was wearing Angry Birds. We are very excited for them too...Angry Birds and all! Congratulations!
If you are considering adoption from China, now is a great time with restrictions changing on January 1, 2015! Email WaitingChildren@awaa.org or call 800-429-3369 to talk to our China staff, or APPLY NOW.