America World’s growing India program is seeking new families for waiting children of all ages with medical needs. While there are many older children available for adoption, generally at least half of the families in the India program are moving forward with a child under the age of two years. Families with NRI or OCI status are eligible to request a healthy child of any age.
The program has seen an average wait time, from application to bringing children home, of 18-24 months with signs of a decreasing timeframe.
Some of the most common medical needs seen from India are cleft lip and palate, hearing impairment, vision impairment, heart conditions, blood conditions, HIV, cerebral palsy, developmental delays and other correctible medical conditions. Families who are of Indian heritage and have either NRI or OCI status may request to adopt healthy children. However, all foreign families must be open to adopting a child with a medical need, a sibling set or a healthy older child.
Children may be orphaned in India due to poverty, disease, family or personal issues. India follows the best practices and standards according to the Hague adoption guidelines to try to re-unite the child with their biological family if at all possible, and when not possible to seek a domestic and then international adoptive family.
America World’s staff has over 20 years of experience facilitating adoptions in India and working with both orphanages and CARA (the Central Adoption Resource Authority). Our highly experienced and dedicated staff welcomes the opportunity to partner with you for your adoption from India.
The Stories of Hope continue to pour in from the One Orphan Hope Journey teams. It has been several weeks since they returned home, but the passion for advocacy has not burned out. Today Sarah Smith took a few moments to share about Caris and her wait for a forever family.
One of the highlights of my trip was coming back to the foster care center on the second day and seeing Caris. At the end of our first day, she was crying when she was told it was time for us to leave. While hugging her, we reassured her we would be back the next day.
What an awesome feeling it was to see her excitement when we walked in the door the second day. Her eyes lit up and she squealed with delight. She was full of this joy everyday when we were at the center. We each had a special bond with her. She was affectionate towards us and to the other children. She was content to play alone or with the other kids. She enjoyed playing outside, coloring, reading books, making necklaces, and playing with play-doh. She loved to take pictures with our phones and play with our hair.
She prefers to scoot along on the floor but will walk around when holding on to someone's hand. Being around her was so uplifting. She melted our hearts. I know she will be a blessing to the family who brings her home.
Chris currently lives in a foster home. The team was able to meet and interact with her foster mother. The AWAA China Staff has a large amount of information available to any family interested in viewing Caris' file.
Please help us by sharing Caris' story. We have team members ready and willing to share about her. If you are interested in learning more about Caris, or our China waiting child program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out a free pre-application on our website.
The Department of State recently proposed new regulations that may significantly impact international adoption. Since 2004, international adoption has declined dramatically (by almost 75%). If the regulations pass, they have the potential to drastically change and further decrease the number of international adoptions, cause some adoption agencies to close leaving families with less options, and potentially lengthen the processing time of adoptions that do take place.
While NCFA supports some of the themes these proposed regulations set out to address, like improved education and high ethical standards, the impact of the proposed rules is worrisome to adoptive families and adoption professionals. Yet, we have an opportunity to ask for change! These rules are proposed and are not yet binding.
Tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov 22nd), is the last day to publicly comment on the Department of State proposed regulations. You can read the proposed regulations here. America World Adoption has publicly posted and we encourage families to let your voice be heard. Please comment today – it only takes a minute or two to let you voice be heard. You can comment here.
There are two ways to give as we celebrate Giving Tuesday next week.
Give your Resources:
Giving Tuesday has become a way to promote a spirt of generosity as the Holiday season begins. In a world full of opportunities to consume and indulge Giving Tuesday provides the opportunity to give back to causes that reflect our heart. This week, we invite you to partner with our One Orphan ministry as we continue our mission to care for orphans worldwide, build forever families and advocate for waiting children.
Next week, Tuesday gains the ability to impact thousands
of children around the world, won't you join us? Select Day of Hope to give here.
Give your Time:
Giving Tuesday isn't just about donating money, it's also about donating your time. Consider giving a few moments to advocate for a waiting child today.
Maggie is a beautiful little girl in need of a loving family. Maggie is a 12 year old girl from Ethiopia with Down Syndrome. Despite her disability, Maggie is an energetic, sociable and loving child. She smiles often and interacts with those around her very well. The recent One Orphan team was able to collect updates and spend time with her. They couldn't say enough about their sweet time together. Families hoping to learn more about Maggie can email the Ethiopia program staff at email@example.com.
Learn more about Maggie and our other waiting children by clicking here.
America World welcomes home these 12 families who recently returned home from China with their beautiful children! Congratulations to everyone as you all begin these new chapters in your lives.
If you are considering adoption from China be sure to visit our China program page to learn more.
As the year comes to a close, our final Storyteller China team is finishing up their week at one of our partner orphanages in southern China. The week has been full as the team watched the children perform in a show , took the children on a field trip to a local park (even the bus ride is a fun event for these kiddos), ate a picnic lunch, worked on “handicrafts” with the kids, made dumplings, laughed, played and prayed over each child.
The team has also been able to spend some time assessing the needs of the children, adding important information and photos to the children’s files and connecting with potential adoptive families to answer questions and share about the fun personalities of each of these precious ones.
We hope you will enjoy some of our favorite pictures from the week, and we hope you will consider joining us next year as we continue to send teams to our partner orphanages in China and around the world. Trips are being added to our website, so check back often and plan to join us next year!
“Joshua” is an 8-month old baby boy with dark hair and big dark eyes. He has moderate hearing loss. There is available treatment as well as resources in the U.S. to assist children and parents in managing hearing loss. Children with mild to moderate hearing loss are often able to use spoken language through hearing aids and therapy. For more information on raising a child with hearing loss, please visit the website, No Hands But Ours.
Will you pray with us for “Joshua” will be matched with his forever family? The earlier he is adopted, the greater his communication skills will be for the rest of his life.
This is a shared referral. For more information on “Joshua” or other waiting children in India, please contact India@awaa.org.
Join our India staff in December for a free informational webinar, "Adopting from India", to learn more about the process and the children who wait.
A few weeks ago, America World had the privilege of participating in one of three Hope Journey Projects through the CCCWA in China. We were blessed to partner with an orphanage in Beijing where we participated in a lot of activities with the children--from a visit to the zoo, to organized games with the children, as well as completed medical assessments and updates on files of children who have been overlooked by many.
Today we’d like to share Drake’s story through the eyes of one of the individuals who met Drake, Melinda Salle, Hope Journey participant:
I nicknamed him "Handsome". Behind his quiet demeanor, his eyes hold a deep look that is kind and brave. I have spent two days watching him tease his foster brothers and joke around with the boys his age. He was quiet and reserved with me but as I have gained his trust he gives me strong, sweet, brave smiles now.
He is eleven.
He knows his time is short to find a family. But he wants one desperately.
Today we went shopping and the children got to pick out a few treats at the store. What he wanted more than anything was gum. I could tell it was a treat for him. And then, I saw him offer a piece to one of the nannies, and then to a teammate, and then to several of his friends. Generous and kind, he seems like an older brother to many of the boys here. And although he seemed a bit too old to be holding hands on our outing, this was how the nannies kept track of the children, and he would shyly look for me to grab my hand each time we were separated. Many members of our team called him "The Gentleman" because he just seemed to do those thoughtful little things gentlemen do.
Today, he brought us napkins during our lunch when we needed them. His foster dad said he is smart and does well in school, except for math. He is athletic and coordinated, and would thrive with siblings to play ball with. He is an amazing kid with no cognitive delays. His nannies say he is gentle and kind, and has a fun sense of humor.
Look into his eyes and see.
This precious boy needs to be playing soccer, eating dinner at a table with brothers and sisters, going to Grandma's house for a Christmas where, for the first time in his life, he shares in gifts and love, and the story of Jesus.
Right now, "Drake" and many other children like him are waiting. They are waiting for a family to take that bold step of faith and become a forever family to them.
If you are considering adoption from China, our staff would love to have you join them tomorrow, Thursday, November 17th, for a free "Adopting from China" webinar to learn more about the process and the children who wait.
“Lena” is a 4-year old beautiful girl with large brown eyes and short brown hair. She has been diagnosed with HIV. She’s described as happy, active, enjoys being with other children and is developing normally.
The India America World team often shares prayer requests about children with HIV like “Lena” because we see so many precious orphans living with HIV who are waiting for parents. According to UNICEF, nearly 37 million people worldwide are living with HIV, 1.2 million of which are children ages 0-9. We also know that with the proper medications, children with HIV can live long and fulfilling lives.
Please pray with us that many adoptive families will come forward to adopt children with HIV like “Lena”
This is a shared referral. For more information on “Lena” or other waiting children in India, please contact India@awaa.org.