India Program Updates

India adoptionWe are privileged to serve families who are called to adopt
from the India program. Since the program registration re-opened in March
2013, we have registered over 10 new families on the CARINGS system, the
adoption database that agencies, orphanages and CARA access for adoption
processes.

Over 20 of our India program families reviewed or
accepted referrals from June-September. These referrals were for boys and
girls, ages 1 year- 13 years. There were a few sibling sets for older children
and children of all ages with medical needs such as heart conditions, vision
impairments, developmental delays, conditions requiring surgery, HIV, club
foot, and other medical and blood conditions. We continue to match families
with referrals from the CARINGS database as we see new referrals each month.
Some families were assigned orphanage partners as they registered with CARINGS
prior to November 2013, and some of those families have received referral
opportunities as well from those orphanages. We're currently working with
over 15 different orphanages in states all across India. Each month as orphaned
children are registered for international adoption on CARINGS, it is possible
for our agency to develop new relationships and partnerships with different
orphanages or Recognized Indian Placement Agencies (RIPAS) who are orphanages
licensed to complete international adoptions.

Currently we are assisting over 10 families as they prepare
for travel. They will spend about two weeks in India for their adoption
process. One part is in Delhi and one part of the trip will be to travel to the
orphanage to meet their child. Families are preparing to travel to various
regions of India such as Chennai, Nagpur, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Kerala and
Mumbai. We are honored to work with staff, both in India and the United
States, who have been personally and professionally committed to advocating for
orphans and involved in the India adoption processes for over 20 years.  

This program is open to families who will adopt a
child with a medical need or a healthy older child. Our India program staff is committed to
assisting families with their research, training and general preparations to
welcome these children into their homes. We have a number of recommended
training and support resources, and many of our program and social services
staff have been trained in Trust
Based Relational Intervention Training
. If you are interested in learning more about India adoption, please call us at 800-429-3369, review our India webpage, or complete a free
pre-application
.

Thank you for joining us in prayer for all the orphans in
India, the orphanage caregivers and the government and committee staff who are
involved in the adoption process.

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