The last month has been very busy around the office. We welcomed a delegation of adoption officials from China in October. Representatives from several provinces participated in trainings and meetings to learn more about child development, Hague standards, and adoption practices in the US. They met with staff on Capitol Hill, visited medical centers, and heard from a panel of adult international adoptees who discussed their experience in their family, school & society. We also hosted a delegation of Ethiopian adoption officials last week who came to see the process of adoption from the agency’s side. Several local families had dinner with them, giving the delegates an opportunity to meet parents and children. It is an honor to host these delegates while they were in D.C. and we look forward to our continued partnership in helping place children from these countries.
We have several programs where clients are traveling this week or next for adoptions trips to Ethiopia, China, Russia and Haiti. Some of these families are bringing home their children while others are experiencing their first adoption trips as they continue to wait for various approvals. We continue to pray for the licensing process in Haiti in hopes our agency will receive that approval soon.
We have much to be thankful for as an agency. AWAA has opened several new adoption programs last year and this year. Families continue to come forward to adopt waiting children, older children and children with special medical needs. Each month, children from around the world come home to loving parents and siblings. We also understand the holiday season is challenging for all our families waiting on their referral or waiting for approvals to bring their child home. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
While we all reflect on what we are thankful for this season, we remember the orphans around the world, those that are waiting for their forever family and those who many never be able to be adopted. We join together in prayer for them.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!