In celebration of National Adoption Month our staff at Children of All Nations and Great Wall China Adoption engaged in community outreach projects around Austin, Texas.
Adoption Knowledge Association
Staff members manned a booth for families to explore the process of international adoption and ask questions to the adoption consultants. GWCA/CAN staff also gained some wonderful insight by taking part in the many adoption related seminars provided by the AKA organization. Staff attended education sessions headed by experts in the fields of occupational therapy, attachment disorders, neural development in early childhood, loss and trauma. CAN and Great Wall staff was also able to network with other entities in the adoption world to build a stronger net of resources that could be offered to adoptive and potential adoptive families.
Many churches took part in an effort to reach out to their congregations’ needs for information on adoption and orphan advocacy on Orphan Sunday. CAN was the representative for International, infant domestic and embryo adoption programs. The goal was to get an idea of how we can make a bigger and better impact on the community in this regard by combining our services and education with the church’s outreach, the community in need and the facilities. Next year, during National Adoption Month in Austin Texas, CAN and community churches will be serving a greater number of families with answers to their questions.
St. Edward’s University “Careers in International Social Justice Employer Panel”
One of CAN’s International Adoption Consultants was a panelist representing Children of All Nations and Great Wall China Adoption. The panelists were asked to help the students interested in International Studies prepare themselves for a job in international advocacy or justice. They were asked to describe the daily work and also the challenges that they face every day in their unique positions. The main theme from the panelists in regards to advice for the students was that having experience that sets you apart from all the others will take you far. The panelists described the internships and volunteer work that they did to gain this type of experience and how it helped mold their talents for future jobs. Also they gave a good sense of why they do the jobs they do, and how they were not planning on having that job, but that it was indeed the right fit for them in the end given their unique experiences.Read More
What each person considers to be a “good family” varies by perspective, culture, and often upbringing. Here at CAN, we have to consider families based on eligibility for many countries, such as how long the parents have been married, their ages, financial stability, etc. However, what do the children think makes a “good family?” Do you have to be a superhero of some sort? Not necessarily, though that would be cool.
This blog post was inspired by a 12 year old girl we will call Danielle, from Bulgaria. Danielle has a little brother named Derrick, and they are both featured on our Waiting Child list and today’s CAN Newsletter. Danielle’s quote inspired our thoughts on what is important to a child when it comes to having a family. Danielle said, “I want a good, normal family, not very rich, because money may deplete, that is why it is better for a family to be good.”
The things adults think of that may constitute a good family are not the same as what a child thinks. We must think on a child’s level, outside our boxes, if you will. Would a child think about your finances? Would they think about your social status? Would they think about the size of your house, car, or even having their own room? Most likely, a child who has been in an institution most of their lives, or who is a toddler, has no concept of any of these things. They think like Danielle. They want a “good family.” And by good, they mean someone to love them, hug them when they cry, be there when they are scared, to give them stability, and someone to call “mom” or “dad.” They want someone who will call them their son or daughter, and who will be proud of them.
Right now let’s also consider what is important to a child while they are in the orphanage so we can better understand why the things above are so much more important. Imagine having nothing to call your own. These children don’t have their own bed, toys, clothes, shoes, or even bath towel. Many of these kids pass the same towel around after bathing (which may happen only once a week), and then have to go grab clothes first come, first served out of a pile. Hopefully, they will find something that fits, or is even made for their gender. As you read this, the kids in the orphanages are thinking that food, clothing, and shelter are important at this moment in their lives. Thus, the items that you may covet or think are important to them are actually things they never dreamed of. Sure, providing them with a nice place to live will be wonderful for them, but most importantly, keep in mind they need your love and support, and of course, to know that they will be cared for by you.
Earlier we asked, what do the children think makes a “good family.” The answer CAN has for you is that YOU can be a good family if you simply love, care for, and cherish these children. It doesn’t matter if your family is big or small, from a farm or the big city, or if you prefer watching TV over running a marathon. Of course, we have the laws and eligibility of each country to contend with, but beyond that, don’t put pressure on your family to be what the American dream says is “ideal.” You don’t have to be of a certain lifestyle, religion, or creed to take the leap of faith and make room in your heart and family for a child who needs you and little else.Read More
Children of All Nations Opens Burundi Intercountry Adoption Program
There are over 500,000 orphans in Burundi in need of loving families. Children of All Nations is proud to be one of the few U.S. agencies working hand-in-hand with Burundi’s adoption authority to help improve the lives of these children.
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(Press Release) – Nov. 15, 2013 – Children of All Nations (CAN), a division of Great Wall China Adoption, is pleased to announce today the opening of our newest intercountry adoption program in Burundi, East Africa. This program continues the mission of Children of All Nations of finding forever families for orphans around the globe.
With over half of children under the age of five suffering from chronic malnutrition in Burundi, CAN is happy to begin recruiting families who will adopt these children to be their own while providing exceptional service to the families who hope to find their child in this beautiful, ecologically rich country.
The second intercountry adoption program opened this year and sixteenth program overall, CAN is excited to begin working with families to adopt from Burundi. The Ministry of Solidarity, in charge of the adoption process in Burundi, just recently restructured its international adoption team and processes in order to better serve the children.
There are over 500,000 orphaned and abandoned children in Burundi, and at least 4,500 of them are in orphanages around the country. These orphanages are centralized in Bujumbura and hold anywhere from 20 to 100 children. While some of these orphanages may have nicer facilities than others, the children almost always share beds, clothes, shoes, and other basic necessities.
Malnutrition can be a major issue for the orphans of Burundi who are limited to a diet primarily of rice and beans. By raising money to fund our Goats and Gardens project for Burundian orphans in 4 orphanages around the country, CAN hopes to make an impact on the plight of orphans in Burundi. For more information on how you can alleviate malnutrition for these children and support our project please visit http://childrenofallnations.com/charity/goats-and-gardens-for-burundi-orphanages/
Great Wall & Children of All Nations is a Hague-accredited adoption agency, uniting children with forever families since 1996 and bettering life for children left behind in orphanages. Children of All Nations continues to develop new intercountry adoption programs in hopes that every orphan will find a permanent, loving family and educate families in preparation for adoption.
Children of All Nations (CAN), operated by Great Wall China Adoption, is a division of America’s leading international adoption agency. CAN is dedicated to improving the lives of children, and we are reaching out to the nations around the world to place children and give humanitarian aid on a global scale with adoption programs in countries around the globe.
Drawing on over 15 years of experience in placing children, advocating for improved legislation and international relations and initiating charity programs focused on child welfare, CAN is opening our doors and our hearts to a new worldwide challenge.
As a division of Great Wall China Adoption, CAN is built on the solid foundation of a fully Hague accredited, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the highest service standards. Great Wall has had the great honor of being a leader in China adoption, benefiting more than 8,000 Chinese children as a reputable international adoption agency and major advocate for children.Read More
We issued two Uganda referrals this week! We matched one family with a 2 year old boy and another family with a 20 month old girl. Both of these referrals came from our newest in-country partnership, and we encourage our current Uganda families to consider the option of using our new lawyer if you haven’t already given it some thought.
Fast Fact: Uganda celebrated its 51st Independence Day on October 9th. The country gained independence from United Kingdom in 1962.Read More