CEO Updates
March 13, 2009

It has been a great week here in the office.  At the end of last week, I went up to New York City to attend a conference on international adoption at NYU.  The conference was great and I was able to meet together with other agencies, with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and with the woman who runs Harvard’s Child Advocacy Program.  The conference focused on a number of the different hold-ups in various international adoption program countries.  We also spent a lot of time focusing on the “current landscape” of international adoption.

I am traveling back to El Salvador and Honduras in a week and am looking forward to productive meetings in both countries.  I am still seeing progress with the NGOs we’re partnering with in both countries and am pleased by the results-oriented staff at these NGOs. 

Our in-country Rwanda coordinator was here for a few days and our staff spent some time with her allowing her to get a good picture of the paperwork process families go through before they go to Rwanda and she spent time meeting with our travel department to help coordinate future travel/trips.  We are really grateful to the first three families that have gone through this program – they’ve helped us learn a lot and paved the way for future families.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  My verse for this weekend is Amos 5:24, “…let justice flow like a river and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”  May that be true for all the orphans waiting for families.

-- Brian Luwis, CEO

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