One of our partner orphanages in the Gansu province of China has asked for assistance to provide cleft surgeries for four young boys in their care. We are seeking to raise the funds necessary as the surgical team at Love Without Boundaries has agreed to provide the surgeries for each of the four children at a cost of $1900 per surgery. This cost will cover the surgery itself, the full hospital stay, expenses for having a caregiver for each child, and the travel expenses for both the child and caregiver. All 4 boys have passed the minimum weight for surgery and the surgery can be scheduled as soon as the funding is in place.
Early intervention and surgery for cleft children is very important, both to facilitate feeding (decreasing early malnutrition), but most importantly to support normal speech. Would you please consider making a financial donation to help us provide these important surgeries for these four boys? Any donation amount is appreciated. We hope to raise $7,600 to cover all four surgeries and we cannot do this without your generosity and support.
To donate by credit card click HERE. Please enter your credit card information, choose “General Donation” and type “China Surgeries” in the notes section. You will receive an email confirmation of your donation.
To donate by check, please send a check made payable to “AWAA” with “China Surgeries” on the memo line to:
America World Adoption
6723 Whittier Avenue, Suite 202
McLean, VA 22101
All donations are tax deductible.
Thank you for partnering with America World and Love Without Boundaries to help give a child the gift of health and a beautiful smile!
The Ethiopia team is excited to announce that "Henry" and "Max" have been matched with their forever family this week! We are rejoicing this family and can’t wait to see the plans that God has in store for these precious boys.
Dan and I have always known that we wanted another child, and we’ve been interested in adoption for a long time. There are many reasons that we’ve decided to adopt, but the biggest one is that we feel that God is leading us to do this and that this is God’s plan for our family.
Pregnancies are really difficult for me, and when I was pregnant with our youngest, I really felt that it was going to be my last pregnancy. I can’t explain it, but I just prepared myself that this would be the last time I felt a baby’s movement inside of me, or the last time I would be in labor or holding my newborn baby. However, Dan and I still had the desire to have three kids. Dan loved his family dynamic of three when he was growing up, and I liked the idea of having a little more activity in the house from my two-child family. When we lived in Lynchburg, our church, Brentwood, had an amazing program called Mosaic. Basically, it’s all about taking care of children without families, whether it be through adoption, foster care, or mentoring. Learning about this really struck a chord for me, and after learning more about it, I always had it in the back of my mind as something that I wanted to do. In the quietest of moments, God would whisper the thought of adoption to me, just like He whispered to Elijah on the mountain. I was pregnant with Ezra (our now two year old) at the time, so it wasn’t the right time for our family to start an adoption process though.
I always knew growing up that my grandfather grew up in an orphanage, but I didn’t really understand the significance of that until I had my own kids. Thinking about my boys living in an orphanage without anyone to truly love them and take care of them was heartbreaking. I was even more heartbroken when I read my grandfather’s journal a few years ago. He was in an orphanage from the time he was three until about twelve. He talked about how sad he would be when the children were lined up when families came to pick out a child to adopt. He said he was never chosen because he wasn’t the cutest, and he felt so bad about himself then. My grandpa was a very special person to me, and I cried reading about what he went through. I can’t imagine any child going through that, and I want to make a very small difference by loving our daughter the way he never got to be loved as a child. I know that God works all things together for good, and I believe He wants me to bring good out of my grandfather’s childhood through a passion for adoption. My grandfather is no longer with us on earth, but God is still using him for His plan.
God began really speaking to me this January. I began researching adoption intensely. I read blogs and websites, researched different agencies and lots of types of adoption. I read books and I prayed. I shared this passion to my husband, and he quickly developed the same passion as me. I know God spoke to him, too. The crazy thing is, this January, my husband turned 30 (I turned 30 just a month before in December). As we prayed for what country our daughter was in, we kept coming back to China. Guess what China’s minimum age for adopting is? Yep, it’s 30! God has such a perfect plan. Both Dan and I have both felt that our daughter has a cleft lip and cleft palate. God knows who our daughter is, and He has been leading us to a little girl with a cleft lip/palate. We have met with doctors in our area about this, and we know that we are more than ready for her to join our family.
I’m so glad that God has called us on this journey, and I am confident that He will keep showing us how to continue on this path He has planned for us. We haven’t seen her face yet, but we love our daughter in China and pray for her every day. She is ours, and God made her extraordinary.
America World Mom
In-process for China
Right now there are many children in China who have minor correctable medical needs and they are waiting for families. Many times these children have already benefited from corrective surgeries to repair cleft lip and cleft palate or other needs. A waiting child from China can be home with your family in as little as 12 months. A family interested in being matched with a young child or a child with minor needs should start the process now in order to be eligible to be matched with these children when their files arrive in our office.
If you are interested in pursuing the adoption of a waiting child from China, we encourage you to visit our China Waiting Child page to learn more. Note that the children currently on the China Waiting Children pages are often children with more moderate to severe needs who have not been matched directly with families. Most minor medical needs children are matched immediately with families already in our program when their files are received. Most often, children being advocated for are considered Special Focus children by China. Special Focus children are available to families at any stage of the adoption process.
If you have questions, our China staff would be happy to speak with you. Please contact us at email@example.com or call 800-429-3369 for more information.
Below are two resources recommended by our post-adoption staff for families who are in the adoption process, or who have completed their adoptions. These resources are made available by our friends at Empowered to Connect and the Christian Alliance for Orphans.
Christian Alliance for Orphans Resource:
Pam Parrish presents
"Spiritual Preparedness for Foster Care & Adoption - Creating a Culture of Commitment"
Entering the journey of foster care and adoption can be one of the most daunting decisions a family makes. For better or worse, adoption is a lifetime commitment. Foster Care is a commitment to loving a wounded child. In addition to practical training on the impact of abuse and trauma, families must spiritually prepare themselves for the journey ahead. In this video recording, ministry and organizational leaders will learn:
Empowered to Connect Resource:
Michael & Amy Monroe present
"Adoption from the Inside Out"
In this audio presentation Michael & Amy Monroe speak to a group of adoptive and foster parents (and parents-to-be) at a Tapestry event about what it means to approach the adoption and foster care journey from the “inside out.” This process requires that parents be willing to look back and make sense of their own past, look forward and honestly examine their motivations and expectations, in order to be free in each and every moment to be “fully emotionally present” with their children to help them heal and become all that God has created them to be.
Elisabeth Elliott once wrote,
“We need never ask the questions, ‘How do I know I’m called?’ We ought rather to ask, ‘How do I know I am not called?’ We are required to take the risk, move, trust God, make a beginning.”
Are you feeling called to something?
We have a few more spots available. You can check out more about the trip on our website as well as sign up for the trip. We know this is last minute, but we’ve been especially asked to bring a team over this Fall to visit the children and so we are trusting God that He has a couple more individuals ready and waiting to go. We are going to do our very best to get the costs as low as possible, but if you’re willing to take a step of faith with us we KNOW God will provide!
Over the last several months, you have seen blog posts about TEAM AMERICA WORLD, AW’s new race team. I am so excited to be leading this years race teams in New Braunsfel, Texas and wanted to personally reach out and let you know why I am running this year’s marathon.
I decided to run the Chosen Marathon to help raise money for the post-adoption fund. Adoption is a beautiful way to create families but not one said it was easy. Adoption is an every day decision which reflects so much the love of the Father for us. Those days that are hard as a parent is just a mere glimpse of how the Father must feel about us on our bad days. The post adoption fund goes to help families struggling with the transition and to meet some of the needs of their new children.
I want to personally invite you to join Team America World for the Texas race or consider running any race locally in your community as part of Team America World. I am a want-to-be runner; basically I try hard but my bed and a hamburger sounds nicer than the 7 minute mile marathon! The last several weeks training has been rough; getting used to getting up early and putting in the miles again. All that to say, please know you do not have to be a fast or good runner to join our team – you can even walk it if you keep a 16 minutes mile pace! All you need to have is a heart for orphan care and excitement to passion with your community.
For more information about Team America World and/or what we are raising funds for, feel free to contact me at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Van Ee
Team America World Leader
& America World Intake Director
"Sarah" is a beautiful 7-year old little girl in need of a family. She is in a Love Without Boundaries school and America World has had several Storyteller Missions team members meet her in October 2014 & June 2015.
"Sarah" has been diagnosed with lower limb paralysis and postoperative VSD. "Sarah" seems to be gaining weight and growing stronger physically every day. She recently got a wheelchair provided by Love Without Boundaries and is enjoying more mobility.
One Storyteller Missions team member who was able to spend quality time with "Sarah" had this to say about her:
“Words cannot express the special place that Sarah has in my heart. On a recent trip to her orphanage I met her. Each child was special and unique and will never be forgotten by our group. However, God placed specific children on each of our hearts and we've become passionate about advocating for families for them. Sarah is that child for me personally. For the past 10 months she has been in my constant thoughts and prayers. After returning from our trip my family sponsored her through Love Without Boundaries for an educational scholarship. I have been delighted with each update to see her gaining weight and growing stronger physically and having more mobility with the wheelchair provided by Love Without Boundaries. Dull little eyes 10 months ago have become bright and filled with joy. I believe her access to education is opening up meaning and joy that was lacking last year. She was so eager to learn and to try and communicate with me.
The first day I was in her room I brought a simple shape puzzle toy to her crib to play with her. I began to show her how the puzzle worked and since I speak no Mandarin I started naming the shapes in English. To my amazement she copied what I said in almost perfect English. She quickly learned the word for each shape- square, triangle, star.. I was so shocked and she was so thrilled to keep showing me how smart she truly was. That particular day we had a newspaper reported in the orphanage shadowing us to cover our visit. She was bilingual and came over to see when she heard Sarah naming the shapes. She was really surprised and affirmed her for what she had learned. She told me "she learns English faster than me", it made all of us smile. On the last day we were given the chance to go to any room we chose. I went to see Sarah and she wanted the puzzle again and began to show me that she remembered the shapes. She is so very bright and deserves a chance to grow and flourish in a family. Nothing could stop this little girl if she was given the chance to blossom in a loving family. I would be happy to speak with any perspective families. I cannot say enough about this amazing little girl.”
Love Without Boundaries is providing care for Sarah and you can find a post about her on their site here: http://www.lwbcommunity.org/sweet-sarah-is-ready-to-shine
Sarah’s file is from one of our orphanage partnerships in China and her file is on the CCCWA's shared list. She is designated as Special Focus so a family at any stage of the process is eligible to review her file.
Current America World families who are interested in welcoming "Sarah" into their family should contact their Family Coordinator about him.
Families who are not currently in the process of adopting with America World should fill out a free PRE-APPLICATION and our Intake staff will follow up with you right away.
He was diagnosed with minor hydrocephalus and spina bifida. "Elijah" had surgery for his spina bifida on March 22, 2012. He had shunt surgery for his hydrocephalus on July 9, 2012. "Elijah" has recovered well from his surgeries and his caretakers note that his mental development is normal but his speech is delayed.
"Elijah" is on the CCCWA's shared list. He is designated by the CCCWA as a Special Focus file and he is from one of our agency’s orphanage partnerships. A family at any stage of the process is eligible to review this file.
Families not currently in the process of adopting with America World should fill out a quick & simple free PRE-APPLICATION and our Intake staff will follow up with you right away.
Any questions about "Elijah" or any Waiting Child can be directed to our China staff at WaitingChildren@awaa.org or 800-429-2269.