We're going to have a goofy amount of fun in February while sailing the Disney Dream through the Caribbean - you won't want to miss this opportunity to connect with adoptive families in a beautiful setting! There is a huge variety of activities onboard and at the two stops- Nassau and Castaway Cove - for all ages.
Many America World families have already booked their cabins, so be sure to get yours before cabins sell-out.
Why Choose a Disney Cruise?
Service and Amenities
We will also have specific group events for fellowship! The three-night cruise departs on February 6, and all quad cabins are nearly gone so reserve your spot before space fills up!
Below are the rates per room type. These include all tax but do not include onboard gratuities, which typically run about $12 per person per day.
Double Occupancy -
Triple Occupancy -
Quad Cabins (nearly sold out!) -
All rates are based on availability. Deposits to hold your room will vary based on these categories, but are typically approximately $200 person.
All booking and questions about pricing and other details can be directed to our travel agent, Bonnie Jordan. You can contact her at 1-888-320-4234, ext. 4255. She will set you up with everything you need and be the official source of news regarding AW events on the ship. We hope you can join us!
Written by Ginny Henderson
This is for the adoptive or foster mom who is struggling. I have read your posts, I have read your blogs, and I can't get you off of my heart. This is not just for one mom in particular but for the many moms who need to be encouraged on their mountain climb or mountain survival - whichever it is. Thank you for being honest about your struggles and your fears. Your honesty pushes me to reflection and prayer and I am thankful to be able to walk this road with you.
I have spent a good deal of time in prayer for you today, asking God what He would have me say to reach your heart and bring you hope. I believe He is directing me to encourage you to hold on.
When you can't find the energy to pretend another day, hold on.
When you have more questions than answers, hold on.
When you feel alone in a room full of onlookers, hold on.
The picture of a mountain has consumed my processing of what we experienced with Maggie. At the hardest part of the journey, when I felt trapped in my reality without the energy to move forward, all I could do was hold on because falling was not an option. I had come too far, and you have come too far, to let go and fall. Can I remind you of some things you probably already know?
You are not stuck on this mountain. Just hold on and let Him guide you to the next phase of the journey. This too shall pass and He is already going before you.
HOLD ONTO YOUR CALLING.
Remember who called you to this journey. Remind yourself of the ways He confirmed that this was the right road for you. Go back and read your posts, emails, and blogs of when you were waiting for that referral or placement. Don't let the momentary struggles make you forget the journey that brought you to this place and who placed you on that road.
1 Thessalonians 5.24 has meant a lot to us in our adoptions: "Faithful is He who called you, and He will bring it to pass."
HOLD ONTO YOUR COMMUNITY.
Some of you do this so well but others, I am sure, are holding their struggles in for fear that what they are experiencing might be looked on with disapproval. You have to seek help. I urge you though to seek the right help. Sometimes the voice that makes us feel better is not the voice that speaks the truth. Choose your community wisely and whatever you do, don't push them away.
HOLD ONTO YOUR CHILD.
When I was struggling to bond with our foster child, the best thing that I could do was rock him. Sometimes we are tempted to run away from that which makes us uncomfortable, but that is the worst thing you can do here. There is power in touch to help both of you get through this. If you can't hold them because you desire to, hold them because they need you to.
HOLD ONTO YOUR COMMITMENT.
I think of my commitment to my adopted child like my commitment to my marriage. In my house we don't mention the word divorce and likewise I would never utter the notion of turning my back on my commitment to my child. Oh I can hear the thoughts in your head. Hold on sister before you start cursing my name.
I don't want you to feel attacked by me. Quite the contrary. I want you to feel encouraged to take every thought captive (2 Cor 10:5).
I am not belittling your experience at all. I just know how the seed of a negative thought, watered by emotion, can grow into a giant weed that does not help you get through this and to the top of your mountain. I want victory for you. Victory does not come to the runner who spends the race talking himself out of the finish line.
I know how hard the roads to adoption and foster care are. I know the kind of fight you had to have in you to get through the requirements and past the naysayers. I know how you have had to advocate for your child. I know you have to be tough as nails to get this far and that is how I know you have what it takes to get through this. You didn't land here by accident. You were called because you are among the special few who can lay aside their desire for comfort to make a difference in the world.
That is how I know you have what it takes to hold on.
One of the best ways that you can advocate for the fatherless is to simply tell their story. Our desire is to be a voice for those that cannot speak up for themselves, to have their stories told, their voice heard, and their lives changed. Through our Be a Storyteller campaign, we hope to enable and equip orphan advocates, like you, to act on behalf of orphans worldwide and inspire a movement towards hope and change.
We're excited to launch a new website for this campaign and hope you will all check it out and decide to become a storyteller with America World! In the video above, our CEO Brian Luwis shares his heart behind this campaign and what motivates him to tell the story of children that cannot do so themselves.
In our El Salvador program, we have one family currently traveling to complete their adoption! There are also four families that have referrals and are waiting to travel. There is a continuing need for families who are able to adopt children ages 8 and older, healthy or with special needs. You can read all about adopting from El Salvador on our website. Read a personal testimony from the Donoho family, who adopted from El Salvador to get a personal glimpse into their journey!
We are so excited to announce a brand new webpage for our Waiting Children Programs! It is our privilege to advocate for children who have special needs as well as older orphans, and today we are making it technologically easier with the official launch of this new site.
From the Waiting Children homepage, you can view the available programs and read a brief description of each one. Click on a country to read more about the adoption process. To view the children's profiles, you will need to request the password. Use the "Request Password for Access" tab and it will be sent to your email. This password has changed from the old site, so each first-time visitor will need to request it. Once you have the password, click "View Child Profiles" to see the waiting children. If you have already requested the password but forgot it, please email your family coordinator as a second password email will not be sent through our system.
You can view full-size pictures by clicking the camera icon to the right. Some children also have videos available (if the video icon is not shaded). We have seen some inconsistencies between browsers on video playback and are looking into this.
A new feature on these pages is the search function. You can search by country, gender, age range, status, and as an advanced search function, by special need (click plus sign to expand as pictured above). There is an email address and phone number on each child's profile to inquire about adoption. We encourage you to be open to these children as you search and read about each one - our desire is that each and every child will be matched with a forever family!
We know many of you look for opportunities to be involved in adoption beyond just your personal adoption. One easy way is to let your Congressional Representatives know that you care about these issues. In less than 5 minutes, you can do just that. This link will let you know who you should contact: Contacting the Congress. When you’ve done this, let us know on Facebook or Twitter what your experience was and encourage other families to do the same.
Adoption Tax Credit
Let your Congressional Representatives know that you hope they’ll co-sponsor refundability bill numbers S.1056 and H.R.2144. A refundable adoption tax credit will allow more families of low to moderate incomes to adopt orphaned children; giving them forever families. For more information, please visit adoptiontaxcredit.org.
CHIFF - Children in Families First Act
Tell Congress you hope they will make the right decision and pass bi-partisan legislation to open up more opportunities for families and orphaned children. Supporting the Children in Families First Act (CHIFF) is one way to let your Members of Congress know that you want your government to make a family for every child a priority! You can see CHIFF’s Cosponsors Here. If your member of Congress is a co-sponsor, write a quick “thank you” note. If your representatives aren’t co-sponsors, let them know you hope they’ll become a co-sponsor.