Inside America World: Thoughts from Aleesa

Most America World families would agree that one of the things that makes the America World adoption experience such a positive one is our staff.  The staff at America World have a great passion for orphans and adoption, and pour their hearts in the ministry here.

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One of our amazing staff members, Aleesa, shares her personal experience with adoption and how her experience helps her to relate on a personal level with the families she serves.

My heart for international adoption comes from my personal experience with adoption. Although I didn’t know it at the time, December 17, 1991 was one of the most important days of my life. At the age of five months, I traveled from South Korea to Michigan to be united with my forever family. 

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Shortly after I started working at America World, I had a conversation with my mother about the process she and my father went through three different times in order to bring me and my two brothers’ home. While the process of international adoption might have changed over the years, what hasn’t changed is that the process requires a lot of time, a lot of paperwork, and a lot of waiting. She also shared that one of the most challenging times of waiting was knowing that my brothers and I were meant to be a part of their family but not knowing exactly when we would come home.

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I am honored to be able to work with families during their travel process and to help them bring their children home. One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to call families to let them know that the CCCWA has issued the final approval in order for them to travel to China and meet their child. It brings me great joy to be able to see each one of our China families adoption processes come to an end and their lives as a forever family begin.

We are blessed to have Aleesa as part of the America World family. We know her families would agree.


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