2012 has been a good year for our agency, but I'm sorry to say it's ending in true disappointment with the news that Russia has chosen to ban inter-country adoption in a political struggle that has nothing to do with children. Thousands of children will be without the opportunity to find permanent, loving families. There are hundreds of thousands of children in Russia that are currently living in orphanages. Likewise, in our country, we have many children who are living in foster care and need a permanent, loving family (in the U.S. or Russia or wherever a loving family can be found). It's a tragedy when we see borders and politics serve as barriers to children finding families. Please join me in praying that a reasonable solution would be found that lifts this ban and puts children's interests ahead of politician's interests.
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the news that Russia has banned inter-country adoption to the United States,
our agency is deeply saddened by the thought that many thousands of orphans in
Russia may be deprived the ability to join loving families. There are
still some conflicting reports for how this affects families currently in
process. We are continuing to monitor this situation and are working with
advocacy organizations such as the National
Council For Adoption to join them in expressing our disappointment that
politics can be put above children’s interests. We are continuing to pray
for the children living in Russian orphanages as well as the families in
process to adopt.
As you continue to pray with us over the political situation in Russia (read previous updates here and here), remember adoptive families such as the Fongs who were interviewed for a CBS news piece. Click here to read the article and watch the video.
America World is closely monitoring the situation and will update you with news as we know more. Thank you for joining us in prayer.
America World continues to closely monitor the events occurring
within the Russia Duma this week. We understand that US and Russian adoption
officials are still working on this issue and that nothing is definitive. There
are many adoption professionals and government officials working hard to
advocate for the orphans in Russia and the families who are desiring to adopt.
We know that this is very hard for families, especially at this time of year
and that the uncertainties are discouraging. While we all wait for the
conclusion of all these decisions let us join our hearts and our faith in
prayer to our Heavenly Father who is sovereign over all, the Father to the
fatherless and able to bring all things to His glory.
I want to wish
all of you a Merry Christmas on behalf of my family and our agency staff. We have been so blessed this year as we’ve been able to participate in God’s
work of building families through adoption. Many of our previous adoptive
families have added our office to their Christmas card list and we are proudly
displaying those cards in our lobby. Your families are beautiful and
remind us of the importance of our work. If you haven’t added us to your
Christmas list, please do!
I encourage you to talk to your kids about Christ’s birth and how his earthly father,
Joseph adopted him and, with Mary, cared and raised him. May our Lord
richly bless you this Christmas!
We are closed for the holidays as of today at 1:00 pm ET through Christmas Day. We will be back in the office on Wednesday through the end of next week, December 28. Staff out of office replies to emails will reflect who is out next week. We are also closed for New Year's, December 31 and January 1. We are back in the office on January 2. Have a wonderful holiday!
Christmas at our office is always a joyful time. When December comes around, we decorate the office with a tree, wreaths on the doors, and garlands in the hallways. It is a wonderful time of the year and there are sure to be sweet treats on the kitchen table baked by staff.
Our Christmas tree, adorned with the beautiful cards we receive!
During our morning prayer meetings, we remember that holidays can be especially hard for waiting families. We lift you up in prayer, knowing that God cares for our every need and knows the longing of a parent wishing to hold their child.
We have a few holiday traditions: one is baking cookies and taking them to our neighboring offices as well as the volunteer fire station across the street. Last week, we had a potluck lunch and an always-entertaining white elephant gift exchange. We also have an annual Christmas party where we enjoy great food and conversation with our coworkers' families. During this party, awards are handed out to staff, recognizing their achievements over the year. We also hand out fun superlatives, such as "most soothing telephone voice!"
Jill in PR, Mary in Accounting, Andrew in HR, and Elise, family coordinator, get festive with holiday hats
As we reflect on Christ's birth, it is amazing to think that Jesus himself was adopted by his father, Joseph, whose lineage was grafted into his history and planned far ahead of time by his heavenly Father. Jesus' birth, life, death, and resurrection paved the way for all of us to be adopted into the family of God. 2 Corinthians 9:15 sums it up- "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"
From the America World family to your family, we send you warm Christmas greetings and joy for the New Year.