Waiting sister “Anya” age 9 and “Mariah” age 12:
Please join us in praying and advocating for sisters “Anya” and “Mariah”. “Anya” is 9 years old and is described as shy, affectionate and loves reading and music. Her older sister “Mariah” is polite, obedient and good at school. Both precious girls are HIV positive.
We would love to see a family come forward to adopt these sweet sisters. They need a family to keep them together, help them thrive and most of all to give them the protection and love they deserve.
This is a shared referral. For more information on “Anya” and “Mariah” or other waiting children in India, please contact India@awaa.org.
Join our India staff on February 14th for a free informational webinar, "Adopting from India", to learn more about the process and the children who wait.
Ripped from the Headlines: Talking with Transracially Adopted Children about Race
Our country is far from a “post-racial” society, as recent events demonstrate. How can parents and other adults talk with children about race and racism? How is the conversation different depending on the race of the child and parent? How does the conversation need to be different depending on the age of the child? This webinar offers practical guidance for parents and professionals on how to create and sustain developmentally appropriate conversations about race in the context of racism and its intersection with transracial adoption. The emphasis of this presentation will be on acknowledging that race matters, keeping lines of communication open, being honest about the challenges, and understanding the effects of the current racial landscape on both children and adults. We will discuss how to talk about race with young children in ways that avoid setting them up as victims, handling real fears (for both parents and adults) and make suggestions for how to interpret and respond to children’s anger and/or denial in the face of racialized events. We will discuss the intersection of race and adoption that is inherent to the transracial adoption experience and make concrete suggestions for conversations and actions parents can initiate and take. Enter this judgment free zone to learn more practical ways to address the racial divide in America with the adopted children of color in our lives.
Participants will be able to:
Describe four types of racism and understand how they impact adults and children.
Explain the difference between race, culture and ethnicity.
Give examples of privilege and how it applies in the context of transracial adoption.
Identify stereotypes, cultural appropriation and macroaggressions relevant to adopted children of color.
Utilize an action plan for how to talk with children about race and racism including painful truths, violence, incarceration and immigration.
Create an action plan for interrupting racism.
Instructor: Beth Hall
Date: January 25, 2017
Time: 11am Pacific time
Experience: Beth Hall is an adoption educator who, co-founded Pact, An Adoption Alliance, which is a multicultural adoption organization dedicated to addressing essential issues affecting adopted children of color. Pact offers lifelong support and placement services for birth and adoptive families with adopted kids of color. A national speaker, she is also the author of numerous articles and a book, Inside Transracial Adoption, which is filled with personal stories, practical suggestions, and theory, and delivers the message that race matters, racism is alive, and families built transracially can develop strong and binding ties.
$35.00 per person non-member
Special Pricing Pact members Receive 65% discount.
Please choose carefully when registering for Pact events. Pact is not in a position to refund workshop or event registration fees.
Click here to register.
As a staff we want to take one more opportunity to thank you for
your support during the season of hope.
Your gifts, prayers and sharing have enabled us to continue to
speak up and provide care for vulnerable and orphaned children.
It is with great joy and humility that we announce our fundraising total for the Season of Hope.
Together, we raised $134,000!
$100,000 of that amount will be matched
dollar for dollar due to our matching grant!
We cannot thank you enough for joining us on the God-given mission to care for
orphaned and vulnerable children.
If you are looking for ways to continue to make an impact on the life of an individual child in the New Year consider partnering with one of our sponsorship programs.
You can view child sponsorship profiles and opportunities by clicking here.
The Empowered to Connect Conference is a two-day event presented by Show Hope and the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development.
Come experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care.
Featuring Trust-Based Relational Intervention® methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, this conference helps bring attachment and connection in families.
The nationwide participation in the Empowered to Connect Conference is a significant testament to the impact and work of Dr. Karyn Purvis. Read more about her legacy of hope and healing here.
2017 Live Simulcast
April 7-8, 2017
$249 Early Bird Price Until Oct. 31
$299 Nov. 1-Event
Register to Host
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Yesterday we posted four children who currently have a $5,600 subsidy toward their adoption costs. We are thrilled to introduce you to one more sweet little boy who also has a $5,600 subsidy toward adoption costs. Meet precious Chip and help us share his story with your circle of influence.
Chip is a delightful and active boy who just turned seven and is sure to make you smile. He lives in Beijing and loves to sing and to perform and is not shy in front of crowds. He is an extrovert according to orphanage staff and is not afraid to meet new people. He is very close to his nanny and calls her his “darling.” He has strong gross motor skills and loves to run and jump and play outside. His nannies tell us that he loves to draw and put together puzzles and is very nurturing to the younger children. His nannies also report that although at an earlier point in his life he had some medical issues with his kidneys, that he was treated and is healthy now. He likes to make new friends and is always curious about new things and though noted to have some developmental/speech delays, he is eager to learn new things in his class and will keep working at something with his teacher until he understands. He can sing simple children’s songs, complete paintings, recognize various animals, and repeat simple stories. He is currently in speech therapy to help with pronunciation.
After our field trip to the store, the nannies treated the children to pizza. I was able to sit with Chip during lunch. This was a precious time interacting with him. He was very well behaved, listening to his nannies and following their instructions. He was able to feed himself with a fork and was a delightful lunch partner. He enjoyed sitting close to me and gave me lots of hugs and snuggles. He won my heart that day!
Chip is such an outgoing, precious boy and would be a joy to any family! Chip’s file is categorized as Special Focus so a family at any stage of an adoption or interested in adoption can inquire. There is a $5600 subsidy available to any family who pursues Chip’s adoption. Please contact our
China team at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. You can also fill out a free pre-application
by visiting this link.
America World offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Normal office hours resume on Tuesday, January 17th.
We have been heavily advocating for many waiting children in the past several weeks. Today we want to highlight a few of those children who have adoption subsidies. This means that a $5,600 will be applied toward the costs related to their adoptions. Please prayerfully consider sharing about this special opportunity for some pretty amazing kids.The children on this page have special focus files and can be pursued by a family at any stage of the process, including families who have just begun to consider adoption. Simply click on the child's name below their picture to read their story.
Please help us by sharing their stories. We have team members ready and willing to share about these precious kids. If you are interested in learning more about any of the children, or our China waiting child program, email email@example.com or fill out a free pre-application on our website.
We are so thankful for One Orphan Storyteller Maria. Today she took the time to share about Benz. A gentle little boy who is waiting for his forever family. Benz's file is special focus. This means that a family at any stage of the process can pursue his adoption.
Benz is a soft-spoken, gentle 6 year old boy. Though one eye is missing and the other has a cataract, he has some vision and makes amazing use of it. He neatly stacked blocks, could count objects pretty accurately, and could sort objects by color if they were not very closely related colors. Benz isn't a man of many words, but when he has something to say, he speaks in complete sentences, like such a big boy, in a sweet voice. He was so good at navigating, that I forgot that his vision was low several times, but his nanny was ready to remind me. Several older children show great care for Benz, and protect him when large groups of people are all around. The love he has received from them and that he gives to them has brought a quiet confidence to his demeanor. We made our way through the zoo together easily, though I don't have experience helping someone with low vision. Benz does feel more secure if he has a helping hand on the stairs.
Benz is very independent with his daily activities. He can eat with a fork very neatly, feed himself a sandwich, and he even ate cake with a popsicle stick with the best of manners. He can use an open cup or a water bottle easily as well.
Benz picked up on games like Patty-cake immediately, and learned clapping patterns quickly. He really loved active games like Here We Go Round the Mullberry Bush. He didn't quite know what to make of being held and carried when I was standing up (after all, he can walk a long distance through the zoo by himself!), but he became a very snuggly, frequent occupant of my lap, after getting used to it for a few minutes. He started to listen for my heartbeat and then relaxed completely. It was a beautiful moment to experience. He needs parents with laps that are ready and waiting. Benz is a huge blessing!
If you are interested in learning more about Benz please contact our China staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also read more about the China waiting program here. This file is special focus and can be pursued by a family at any stage of the process.
We are so thankful for the many One Orphan Storytellers who continue to share about waiting children once they are home from their trips. Today Jenny took the time to share about Ace, a smiley 11-year old boy, who waits for his forever family. Please join us as we speak up for him today.
Ace, always smiling, always happy. I spent several days with Ace as my “buddy” during the Beijing Hope Journey camp. We had fun playing games, going shopping, and looking at interesting animals at the Beijing zoo. Each morning, he would find me and come straight to me to hold my hand - always with his award-winning smile. He smiled so much, our team nick named him “Smiley.” Ace is 11 years old and is a calm, gentle boy. He loves to sing. We would sing songs together on the bus, and look out the window at the city going by. He is very easy-going, has wonderful manners, and is kind to his friends. While he is relaxed and quiet, he also is athletic, and enjoys playing, running, and playing games like most 11-year-old boys do. He also loves to be outdoors!
Ace was in a foster family from one year old until he was 8 ½ year old, so he knows what it is like to be a part of a family. His care giver reports that he is independent and takes care of himself well. He also reports that he has good self-esteem. Ace enjoys playing with cars, can write his numbers and loves to draw and you may find him loving to show off at times! He has been diagnosed with delays, was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at intake, and has had a surgery to repair a hernia; however, these things in his medical history don’t seem to cause him to hide his sweet happy smile.
I loved spending time with Ace, and I think about him often. He was so happy to receive the photograph we gave him of the two of us together. I pray that Ace will know the love of a family, and that this calm and tender child knows how much he is loved.
If you are interested in learning more about Ace please contact our China staff at email@example.com. You can also read more about the China waiting program here. This file is special focus and can be pursued by a family at any stage of the process.