CEO Notes

Many of you saw a few weeks ago the results published in the FY 2012
by the U.S. Department of State which showed a continued decline in
inter-country adoption. This tragedy is worse knowing that the number of
adoptions has decreased by more than 60% since 2004, and the number of orphans
is increasing world-wide. With Russia’s ban on inter-country adoption to
the United States, it is assumed that the numbers will continue to decline in
coming years.

We are grateful to God that, despite declining total number of
adoptions to the United States, our agency has been able to maintain financial
stability and continues to place hundreds of children for adoption each
year. Unfortunately, other agencies have not adapted as well to changing
climate of international adoption; we learned recently that Christian World Adoption, based in South
Carolina, A.S.I.A., based in Oregon, and
Adoption ARK, based in
Illinois, have shut down their agencies. We recognize that this is
a very difficult thing for families that were in process to adopt from these
agencies and we pray those families will not be discouraged as they continue on
their adoption journey.

On a more positive note, I read an interesting
the other day on an online news site that at first caught my
attention because it involved adoption from China. In the end, I was
pleased to see the court in this case sided with the adoptive daughter and
recognized the adoptee as having the same rights as a biological child. 

I want to encourage families at any stage in their adoption
journey to consider attending the Christian Alliance For Orphan’s annual Summit
Meeting “Summit 9†which is being held in Nashville from May 2-3. More
information, including registration can be found at this site.  Year after year, this
conference inspires, encourages and informs hundreds of adoptive families and
adoption professionals. I’ll be there and hope you will be, too!

-Brian Luwis, Founder and CEO


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