WHERE WE WORK: UNITED STATES
Over a half million children in the U.S. live in foster care. These children have been removed from their birth families due to abuse or neglect and have been placed in foster families or group homes. One in five children in foster care is waiting to be adopted.
Children in the U.S. foster care system come from all different backgrounds and family situations. Some are siblings who need to stay together. Some have physical, emotional or developmental concerns. Some have experienced physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse. But each child’s greatest need is for a permanent home with a loving family.
WACAP has been finding families for foster children since 1976.
WACAP’s work in the U.S. includes:
A FAMILY FOR ME
Too often, foster kids in need of adoptive families are only represented by long case files. A Family for Me is a program which personalizes information so that a prospective parent is better able to see a child as an individual rather than just a case file. A Family for Me provides a “dream day” and professional portraits for a child in foster care who is in need of a family. The dream day is videotaped and the child is spotlighted on Seattle's KING 5 news. Since its inception in 2005, A Family for Me has found homes for dozens of foster children, and has been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
WACAP PROMISE FUND - finding fAMILIES FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE
Many children waiting to be adopted are older, have specific medical or developmental needs, or are siblings. Because of this, they have been left behind. WACAP has made a promise to these special children - to do our best to find families for them. WACAP’s Promise Fund supports our ability to identify waiting children around the globe, create materials to promote their adoption, and provide grants to families when finances are a barrier to bringing them home. With your donation, you can help WACAP find families for these specially-identified children.