America World offices will be closed on Monday, February 20th in observance of President's Day. Offices resume normal hours on Tuesday, February 21 at 9:00 am Eastern time.
America World Adoption Association, an evangelical Christian non-profit adoption agency located in McLean, Virginia, is seeking an individual to work as a Family Coordinator for the India program.
The position involves case management and providing administrative support to a caseload of adoptive families. The Family Coordinator will also maintain America World’s courier program along with other program support. Applicants should have a desire to serve families in the process of an international adoption, have strong communication and multitasking skills, be enthusiastic about providing customer service to our clients, be well-organized and pay close attention to detail. Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel required; two-three years work experience desired.
The qualified candidate is a committed believer in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible, preferably possessing a bachelor’s degree in social work or a related human services field. International experience preferred.
Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and statement of faith* to email@example.com or fax to 703-891-0051, Attn: Human Resources. This position is based in our McLean, VA office.
** Please go to our website in order to learn what the Statement of Faith entails.
Calling all America World families...want to share your adoption stories? We have a great opportunity for you! America World is looking for families who can join us at the America World booth for each of the 41 Casting Crowns concerts on their spring tour, The Very Next Thing, beginning February 16th.
If you would like to hand out adoption materials, answer adoption questions, and share your adoption story with families considering adoption at a concert location below, please email Mike.Stone@awaa.org for more details.
Binghamton - February 19
Port Huron - February 2
Grand Rapids - March 23
Milwaukee - February 23
West Lafayette - February 25
Evansville - April 6
Pittsburgh - March 4
Augusta - March 16
Pikeville - March 24
Champaign - March 25
Fargo - April 9
Sioux Falls - April 11
Tupelo - April 15
Lafayette - April 20
McAllen - April 21
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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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.
This past year could be described like so many other years: full of setbacks and seemingly impossible obstacles, losses, uncomfortable changes and growing pains; trying to reach minimum goals, encountering resistance to grace and maintaining faith in the face of practicality. But 2016 was also full of unexpected blessings, kindness, and generosity. It was full of those “God-moments” where the impossible becomes possible, new friends, new experiences and the creation of new families. God has been faithful to us. Many truths ring true for us as we enter a new year, but one stands out among them all and that is this: God’s faithfulness is perfect.
We are thankful to report that we sent out 21 teams with 231 trip participants to 4 different countries impacting at least 1,300 vulnerable children. In China we were able to send teams into two new orphanage partners and conduct two Hope Journey camps. Our teams came home from these trips to China, Ethiopia, Haiti, Uganda and got to work advocating and praying for the kiddos. As a result of this hard work and advocacy children have been and will be brought home to their forever families.
Sometimes the numbers seem overwhelming at times and the needs daunting – like in Haiti where just one of our orphanage partners has at any point and time between 115 – 125 children of all age groups. It’s hard to imagine how many diapers, formula, food, clothing, medicine and school fees are needed to care for so many children and that’s only their basic needs.
One harsh reality that is hitting the orphan care community right now is the significant decline in international adoptions. This means that there are more orphans who will not only wait longer to be placed into a forever family and but more who will never be placed in a forever family. Looking at the facts alone paints a grim picture, however, we know we serve a God who scoffs at grim circumstances and sees it merely as a challenge to display His glory and power. To remind us and reveal to the world how cherished the orphan is by Him. It is that knowledge, that hope, which carries us into 2017 despite new obstacles that loom ahead of us. This year we will send teams of Storytellers throughout the world to not only tell the Greatest Story of all, but to come home and tell us stories of the resiliency of the human spirit and how a global community can come together to give a voice to the voiceless.
Each year in the spring we often do a 10-day prayer challenge with our amazing group of leaders. This year we are bumping it up early and inviting anyone and everyone to join us. We will be asking volunteers to join us in a season of prayer and fasting, not only for our work – but for our colleagues, our brothers and sisters in Christ - whether with other non-profits, or serving as missionaries overseas - who share in this ministry worldwide. We will be sharing more about this in the coming days through social media. We hope you will feel compelled to join us!
We also invite you to considering joining us for a 2017 trip. We need both team leaders and trip participants to join us in China, Ethiopia, Uganda and Haiti. Anyone interested is welcome to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for further information. You can also check us out online by clicking here.
For the year that is passed we are Thankful.
For the year to come we are Hopeful.
Happy New Year!
The January 4, 2017 edition of The Washington Times provided a commentary by Elizabeth Bartholet (professor at Harvard Law School) and Chuck Johnson (president and CEO of the National Council for Adoption) entitled, "Uniting Obama and Trump to Save Children - Intercountry adoption is about Compassion, not Politics".
Please take a moment to read and share this important information.
The outgoing and incoming administrations are battling over pending regulations and appointments. The Obama administration wants to solidify its policies, and the transitional Trump team wants a free hand implementing new policies. Understandably, there is little room for agreement on many of these issues.
But there is one area where the president and the president-elect should be able to unite — protecting children globally against the horrors of institutional life, and enabling prospective parents to bring those children into their homes and hearts. The general public and politicians on both sides of the political aisle tend to agree that adoption is a good option for the world’s orphaned, abandoned and relinquished children. Yet, a small number of officials in the current Department of State have hijacked U.S. adoption policy, promoting positions never authorized by Congress and positions that it is unlikely President Obama would endorse were they brought to his attention.