At any given time, WACAP is advocating for hundreds of children who are waiting to be adopted. From Asia to Africa to Europe to the US, older children, siblings, and children with special medical or developmental needs languish in orphanages and foster care. WACAP believes there is a family for EVERY child – we just need to find them. We pursue all leads to identify the right family for each child. Through our media-based initiative, “A Family for Me” and our child-specific recruitment practices through our “Family Finders Program” we seek prospective adoptive parents through outreach, advocacy and our network of amazing volunteers.
A FAMILY FOR ME: Helping Foster Kids
WACAP's "A Family for Me" program is a nationally recognized media-based initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the hundreds of Washington children who do not have families. Each week, a video of a local foster child is broadcast on Seattle's KING 5 News. Videos are professionally edited by the staff at KING 5 TV and broadcast twice every Thursday. Additionally, videos are posted on both the KING 5 and WACAP websites, and shared with potential adoptive families. In addition to the videos, each child participates in a photo session, generously donated by Yuen Lui Portrait Studios. The videos and photos are shared with the Northwest Adoption Exchange, Children's Home Society of Washington, and the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to assist in advocacy efforts on behalf of these children.
Since the program's inception in 2005, 80% of the nearly 300 participants have gone on to be adopted by permanent, loving families. By contrast, nationwide, about 50% of all foster children waiting for adoption find permanent families in any given year.
FAMILY FINDERS: Reaching across the country to find the right family for EVERY child.
WACAP's team of Families Finders staff and volunteers work tirelessly every day to find families for kids. Through national networking with adoption and diagnosis-specific support groups, photo listings, social media campaigns, and personal one-to-one contacts with prospective parents, our staff finds families for dozens of kids each year.
Children born with cerebral palsy, life-threatening medical conditions, exposure to abuse and neglect have found adoptive families thanks to WACAP as well as teenagers and sibling groups from all around the world.