It was a joyous welcome home for the Moran family who returned home from Kyrgyzstan with their precious daughter! Congratulations to everyone!
A few months ago we celebrated Alina (child in mother’s arms) joining a family. Since this family lives overseas, they had a different process for establishing citizenship – here is a picture of the family celebrating Alina’s citizenship ceremony!
If you would like more information about our agency’s Kyrgyzstan Program, please visit our website.
"...she had something that was missing, and it was that she needed
a mother. She just needed a mom."
America World mother of two from China
The Waiting Child Program is seeing more children available for adoption than ever before. The terms "waiting child" or "special need" can be a bit scary for some families but as you will hear from these three America World families, it was God's perfect plan for them.
If you are interested in learning more about our Waiting Child programs in China, India or Ethiopia, be sure to visit our Waiting Children pages.
Questions? Contact us at Info@awaa.org or call 800-429-3369.
America World is looking for families interested in adopting children age 5 and older from Kyrgyzstan. Please see our agency’s Kyrgyzstan program page for more information about this program.
Questions? Contact us at Info@awaa.org or call 800-429-3369.
If you have ever thought about adoption and have not watched this video, please take a few minutes to do so. Even if you have seen this in the past be sure to take another look.
Three America World families who adopted through the China Waiting Child Program share their experiences and what led them to consider the amazing program.
We would love to talk with you more about how to begin the adoption process for a Waiting Child and answer any questions you have. Contact us at WaitingChildren@awaa.org or call us at 800-429-3369.
Share Your Story - Be A Storyteller!
Since starting a Kyrgyzstan program this past year, America World has had three families pass court in Kyrgyzstan. We’re hopeful that 2015 will bring even more Kyrgyz children into permanent, loving families.
Our website provides information about the cost, timeframes, and travel to Kyrgyzstan. You can also read more on the Department of State’s website regarding adoption from Kyrgyzstan. If you would like more information about America World’s program in Kyrgyzstan, please email Kyrgyzstan@awaa.org or call our office at 703-356-8447.
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.
We are excited to announce the opening of a brand new adoption program in Kyrgyzstan! You can read all about adopting from Kyrgyzstan on our website, including an overview of the process, requirements, cost, and helpful links for travelling and learning more about this country. Please call us at 800-429-3369 with any questions. We are looking forward to the blessing of placing these children into forever families.