orphan care


Caring for vulnerable children around the world.

"Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." (James 1:27)

UNICEF Estimates that there are 153 million orphans globally. Crippling poverty, political unrest, persecution, and disease have contributed to this heartbreaking crisis. Although the number is ever-increasing, the plight of the orphaned child is not new.

God’s heart for the orphan is displayed throughout the Old and New Testaments.

“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the
foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing."
Deuteronomy 10:18

“Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.
Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”

Isaiah 1:17

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans
and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

James 1:27

God hasn’t called everyone to adopt, but we believe He has equipped each of us with unique gifts and called us all to love orphans.

America World's mission is two-fold — growing families through adoption and caring for vulnerable children. Caring for orphans can be done in several ways, and we believe the best way to care for orphans is through reunification with their birth families. Adoption within the child's community is the next best option. This is often not happening either, so America World provides orphan projects to assist orphans until they are adopted. International adoption can be the right option for many vulnerable children simply because we believe every child deserves a family.

We invite you, your church, your business, and your community to partner with America World to bring hope and love to orphans worldwide. Your help matters!

Stories of Impact from our blog

Adoption: A Challenging but Joyful Path

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Helping Families Thrive in Ethiopia

Although Ethiopia closed its doors to international adoption in 2018, the urgent need to protect children remains. Children still become orphans due to political unrest, disease, and extreme poverty. Therefore, we are committed to continuing our work in this beautiful country. Over ten years ago,…

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Say “Yes” Afraid

When we tell adoption stories, we have the luxury of showing how wonderfully everything worked out — after it has all worked out. But the decision to adopt can take a true leap of faith in the beginning. This was definitely the case for Cameron…

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