The purpose of this blog is to provide families with precise, up-to-date
information on all of America World Adoption’s programs, helpful
resources and adoption stories. We pray that you are encouraged
by seeing God working in families through the Spirit of Adoption.
Happy Friday! Two America World families received their Referral Acceptance letters from China today. These children are 24 months and 12 years old. One of these children were part of our 2015 summer hosting program where several older, healthy orphans came to the Washington, D.C. area for a few weeks to be hosted by American families.
Congratulations to these two families and we’re so excited you’re one step closer to meeting your children!
You may remember last year when we advocated for a little girl named Olivia. We later updated that she had been matched and the family began working on the paperwork and steps needed to bring her home. The family gave us permission to share that due to circumstances outside of their control, they are no longer able to pursue an adoption at this time. Due to her medical needs, we are hopeful that she can be matched quickly and be home as soon as possible to receive the treatment that she needs. Please join us in praying and advocating for her!
Throughout 2015 we received several updates from Storyteller Missions team members as well as updates on the status of her health and medical condition from the orphanage staff. Mission team members describe her as curious, smart, sweet and content. A number of team members are willing to share about their time and interactions with her. Many photos, notes, videos and details are available for a family to review and consult with a doctor. A physician has reviewed her file and can provide additional feedback regarding her medical needs.
Olivia is a sweet and cheerful girl who is loved by her caretakers at the orphanage. She has been diagnosed with cerebral dysplasia and a skin condition that covers much of her body. She loves attention and is very fond of being held and cuddled. She enjoys playing with toys and hearing music.
Her file is designated by the CCCWA as Special Focus and she is from one of our agency’s orphanage partnerships. A family at any stage of the process is eligible to review Olivia's file. Due to the dynamics of the situation, we have a limited amount of time to match her with a family.
Please join us in advocating for Olivia by sharing this important information within your social networks and through social media. Thank you for your efforts in helping Olivia find her forever family!
As many of you know, America World runs a Transition Home in Ethiopia where orphaned and vulnerable children are able to live as they wait to be adopted. For the past 7 months we have had a full-time missionary, Rachel, living there and working with the children and staff at our Transition Home.
Just one neat thing that Rachel has done with her time at the Transition Home is she has started teaching the older children spoken English. Recently she reported
“Within the last three weeks our older children especially have increased their English vocabulary exceptionally! They are a lot more comfortable using English words, reading English books, and they even ask me now to always speak to them in English! We have spoken class every day during the week for about an hour. I have never seen children who are so eager to learn so that they can better communicate with their families when they finally get to meet each other. Teaching them has been one of my very favorite parts about being at the Transition Home!”
The Transition Home is a safe, nurturing environment where our children can live, learn and grow as they wait to be united with their forever family. We are grateful to have Rachel there serving in this capacity and excited to hear the news that the children’s English speaking abilities are increasing while they wait!
America World's informational adoption webinars are always free, but if you join us in February you will receive a $25.00 discount on your adoption application when you apply within 30 days of your webinar!
We will be offering informational four webinars this month to help explain the process and provide information about the children available in China or India. Or maybe you are just thinking about adoption and want to attend our 'Adoption 101' webinar to get a more clear understanding of the overall adoption process.
One of the great things about our webinars is that you can join us from you PC or Mac or even from your mobile device--Apple, Android or Windows device. Each webinar is approximately 30 minutes and our staff will provide you all the details you need to decide if adoption is right for you and your family. Register today for one (or more) of our February webinars!
"Adopting from China" Thursday, February 11, 2016 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Register Here!
"Adopting from India" Tuesday, February 23, 2016 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Register Here!
"Adopting from China" Friday, February 26, 2016 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Register Here!
Remember, just by joining us for just one of the 30-minute webinars above in February you will receive a $25.00 discount when you apply to America World within 30 days of your webinar! Register today and join our staff to learn more!
Congratulations to the 2 America World families who received their Referral Acceptance letters from China! These children are between the ages of 15 months & 2 years old. Their medical needs include a spinal condition and a heart defect. We’re excited for these families who are one step closer to meeting their child in a few weeks!
Meet Martha! She has a 6 year-old child. Her mother, who is paralyzed and doesn’t speak, lives with them, too. Her job helps provide for her family, as she is the sole provider. She hopes to be able to afford treatment for her mother and to continue her daughter’s schooling. Martha works with the special needs children, taking care of their daily needs, including bathing, feeding, and doing physical therapy with the children.
Martha does so much to help the special needs children of America World's Ethiopia Transition Home. Would you consider sponsoring Martha? For $42 a month, you can help fund Martha’s salary so that she may continue to provide for her family and strive to meet her hopes and dreams. For more information on how to sponsor Martha, CLICK HERE.
We only have Lucas’ file until next Friday, February 5th, so a family who is interested in his adoption, would need to move quickly to be eligible to consider his adoption.
Lucas is LID only, which means a family must have a dossier log in date in order to be able to adopt him. Please read the information below that shares about Lucas and his need for a family. Please continue praying with us that God will bring his forever family to be matched with him very soon.
We are currently waiving all AWAA transfer fees as well.
Lucas is a "Log in Date only" (LID) file and needs a family who has a dossier already logged in China. Lucas has recently been visited by an AWAA Storyteller team and we can connect families with our team who met this adorable little guy.
Lucas' file mentions a developmental delay, but later notes that he has good intellectual development. Lucas loves to play with colorful toys that make sounds and he is particularly fond of watching cartoons and listening to music. His caretakers note that he is quiet, but is quick to laugh.
The team leader from the October 2015 Storyteller Team shared a little story about her time with him:
"Lucas is well cared for in a loving foster home with 3 other children and a mom and dad who clearly dote on him. When Storyteller team members shared a meal with his foster family, he was a bit stranger shy as he should be at his age. Despite some silliness on their part, he stared them down, but refused to smile. Silly boy! He ate his meal without help, using a spoon well and using a glass to drink with his photo taped onto it so that he’d know that one was his. With his round and rosy cheeks, he definitely caught our team’s attention."
To request to review Lucas’ file, please contact us at China@awaa.org or by phone at 800-429-3369. A family who is currently approved for a girl can amend their home study and immigration form and consider adopting this child and a family currently with a dossier in China can switch their dossier to be matched with this adorable little one.
Please join us in advocating for Lucas by sharing this important information within your social networks and through social media. Thank you for your efforts in helping Lucas find his forever family!