Note from CEO
March 16, 2008

I have been reflecting recently about the state of international adoption as a whole and even in the midst of the current hardship, I’m encouraged that there are still children being placed- even though it is taking longer. I’m also optimistic about the future of adoption, and our agency is pursuing new countries to allow you to adopt from.  The slowdown in adoptions has caused me to pray more for waiting families as well as for the children.  I hope that you will join me in prayer for foreign governments to come to believe that children were designed to grow up in families and not in institutions.

I hope you’ll also join me in prayer for the program development work we have in Rwanda, India and Brazil.  Families interested in being a pilot family for India can contact india@awaa.org for more information.  We have found a several orphanages in India with infant girls, and are working to register them with the government.  Please pray for this work so these children can find a family.

I’m so very excited to report on how your support through Orphans’ Ticket Home has helped children in El Salvador.  Currently you have helped in the registration of over 40 orphaned children in various stages of the process!   Thank you, and please continue to give to this effort so we can help even more orphans: Orphans Ticket Home 

Most of all, I’m encouraged by our staff here.  They work tirelessly on behalf of families and are passionate about finding orphans permanent homes.  They rejoice at small victories that they know will bring orphans into families faster.  Recently, I’ve been especially proud of our Waiting Children team (formerly called “special needs team”).  These women often work late into the night and come in early in the morning to help families review files and help process necessary paperwork in a timely fashion.  They’re also especially committed to praying for the children they’re given for review. 

I hope everyone is enjoying this new blog feature – I know I’m enjoying it!  I enjoying reading comments to the posts too, so please keep them coming.

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