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Family Trips to Dorie’s Promise: The Johnson’s

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

The Johnson's visiting Dorie's Promise.

By Kelly Shank –

Every year, hundreds of people visit Dorie’s Promise as part of our teams. Although we enjoy everyone who visits, when families serve together, something special happens.

This week we want to highlight the Johnson family (Kevin, Debi, Sarah, and Josh) of Michigan.

Their First Trip to Guatemala

The Johnsons on a trip to GuatemalaMany years ago, a little girl named Amelia opened the eyes of the Johnson family to both Guatemala and Dorie’s Promise. Amelia lived at Dorie’s Promise and was one of the children whose adoption cases remained in limbo after international adoptions were closed*. As the Johnsons followed the story of Amelia’s adoption by their friends, they became connected to Dorie’s Promise and the greater story of orphans in Guatemala.

In 2012, the Johnson family accompanied their friends to Dorie’s Promise on a weeklong missions trip. Watching their friends’ daughter run to her parents when they arrived brought many years of prayers into reality. Not only was Amelia’s story now real to them, so was the stories of our other children. Following that trip, their family would never be the same.

Serving as a Family

Beginning with their very first trip, serving at Dorie’s Promise has been a family experience for the Johnsons. Sarah was 15 and Josh was only 10, on their first trip, but their ages didn’t stop them from serving our children and communities. They continued to visit with Sarah joining an annual teen trip for several years until Kevin and Debi began leading their own team trips.

According to Debi, “seeing God at work in our family, team members, and the children at Dorie’s Promise” is her greatest reward.

Over the years, each member of the Johnson family has found a special way of serving at Dorie’s Promise. Debi organizes their teams and enjoys spending time with our children. Through his photography skills, Kevin shares the stories of our children, staff, and communities with those in Michigan. Sarah’s Spanish fluency gives her a special way to connect with everyone she meets. While Josh enjoys working in the communities and entertaining the kids.

It’s encouraging to see each person grow and develop unique skills.

Lifelong ConnectionsThe Johnson's at Myra’s quinceanera

Coming back each year gives the Johnsons an opportunity to connect with our children and staff. They have watched our children grow up and witnessed special celebrations. Last year, they were able to help celebrate Myra’s quinceanera, a very special 15th birthday party. Their work helped make the day even more special for Myra.

We appreciate the Johnson family’s commitment to our children and home. For the past 7 years, they have loved, encouraged, and prayed for our children, our staff, and the vision of our ministry.

If your family is interested in experiencing a life-changing opportunity, join us this summer.

*International adoptions from Guatemala were closed in 2008.

Siblings Learning to Dream Again

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Flor and Mateo at Dorie's Promise

By Kelly Shank –

Each of our children longs for a family where they feel loved and included. Our deepest desire is to see their dreams come true by being reunited with their birth families or placed in adoptive homes. For the times when this dream doesn’t come true, our staff dries tears, answers questions, and stands in the gap.

Before coming to Dorie’s Promise, Flor and Mateo were living with a Guatemalan family and in the process of being adopted. We’re not sure what happened, but the adoption proceedings stopped. Afterward, the court referred them to our home. Unfortunately, placements don’t always work.

As you can imagine, Flor and Mateo were disappointed when they came to Dorie’s Promise. Being adopted together is their dream. Having that taken away was too difficult for them to understand. They couldn’t imagine what they could have done differently, to have a family.

Flor at Dorie's PromiseFrom the moment they came to us, we knew how much they loved each other. Their bond helped them endure their disappointment. Not only did they lose their adoptive family, they also moved nearly 4 hours away. Dorie’s Promise wasn’t their first choice. They were abandoned by a family, moved, and wanted to return to the orphanage where they grew up. More than anything, they want to be with people they knew and who loved them.

We understood how much they had lost, and knew we needed to earn their trust. One year later, things are completely different for Flor and Mateo.

Flor

She might seem quiet when you first meet her, but once she opens up to you, you’ll be amazed. Flor is one of the smartest girls in our home. Not only does she speak English well, she also wants to learn more languages. Her teachers are amazed by how well she does at her bilingual school. She’s so bright that we’re constantly trying to find new ways to challenge her.

Even though she still misses her old friends, Flor has really connected with the other children here, especially Jennifer. They attend the same school and both love art. Seeing Flor feel safe enough to build friendships again gives us hope that she is healing.

MateoMateo at Dorie's Promise

Mateo is one of the funniest boys in our house. He keeps the Special Mothers laughing each day as he recounts his school day adventures. Being able to connect with Brayan has given Mateo an older role model in our home, someone to learn from and hang out with. We’ve also seen him take on the role of older brother to the little boys as well, teaching them to build new creations with Legos.

Just like his older sister, Mateo is also very smart. He has overcome the challenges of their move, while also attending a bilingual school. We know he’s going to do great things because Mateo is a triple threat—smart, funny, and caring.

Our director, Alejandra, shares that “we know inside of them there are still many situations to solve and we pray that God is helping us be the family and the support they are needing now, and the one they are going to need in the future.”

Seeing Needs and Serving Families

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

The Gonzalez Aguilar Family of Cuilapa Guatemala

By Kelly Shank –

Each of our short-term missions teams will partner with a specific family.We believe God has called us to serve the forgotten children of Guatemala. Within our home, we care for 40 children who were orphaned or abandoned, but there are many more children who need our help as well.

What if we could prevent children from entering Guatemala’s orphanages?

Although we can’t prevent all vulnerable children from entering orphanages, we can work with families to make a difference. Our short-term missions teams help us meet the immediate needs of families who face extreme poverty.

Poverty causes stress, crisis, and trauma for families. Our goal is to offer immediate assistance and help preserve families who are facing a crisis, allowing them to remain whole and improve their lives.

Working with the children in our home has taught us that many came from loving families who were overcome from a crisis situation. Our goal this year is to make our community projects even more personal and connected to long-term progress. Each of our teams will partner with a specific family. They will know their family’s story, their needs, and be able to pray for them before landing in Guatemala.

This year we identified three new communities in need of our assistance. Great leaders in Santiago Sacatepéquez, Sanarate, and Cuilapa are helping us understand the needs of their communities and connect with families we can help. By working together, we provide help and resources, while the leaders nurture long-term relationships. With our help and the community support systems, these families have opportunities to change their lives.

Understanding Poverty

Poverty causes stress, crisis, and trauma for families.The families we help are “working poor.” In many households, between four and six family members survive on only $100 per month. Limited job opportunities in rural areas create a cycle of poverty. Many work on large vegetable farms six days a week, toiling in the hot sun to earn a meager income. Without money, these families cannot afford schooling, and without schooling, they can’t get better jobs.

Although these families are still intact, they are often struggling. With such limited resources, both financially and otherwise, every other part of their family struggles. They have limited funds for secure homes, sufficient food, and school, let alone any extravagances. For many families, the choice must be made between sending their children to school or having them work to help provide additional income for the family.

These families are faced with tough decisions every day just to survive.

Our Summer Plans

Already in 2018, five teams have worked in these villages. One family received a new house, while others received home repairs, concrete floors, and new stoves. Our Community Director, Bertha, is excited about the summer when even more families will be matched with our teams.

Will you please pray for the families we will help, our teams, our staff, and community partners? Together, we can help these families and prevent their children from entering Guatemala’s orphanages.

Interested in learning more about our short term missions? Click here.

Get to Know Our Special Mothers: Mama Noemi

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Special Mother, Mama Noemi at Dorie's Promise

By Kelly Shank –

Mama Noemi has worked at Dorie's Promise for 12 years.Have you ever wondered why we call the ladies who work in our homes “Special Mothers”?

They are special, and most are mothers, but there is something more to these women. It takes a very special person to care for someone else’s children as if they are your own, and that is what the Special Mothers do for our children.

These very special women work alternating days, caring for our children. They are the ones who celebrate successes, kiss boo-boos, pray with our children, discipline our children, and hold them when painful memories are too much to handle. They stand in the gap between the biological families who aren’t able to care for these children and an uncertain future.

Meet Mama Noemi

Visitors to our home love Mama Noemi immediately. She’s welcoming to visitors, loving to our children, and dedicated to her staff. Her laugh is contagious and she loves life. If music is playing, Mama Noemi is dancing. She is the embodiment of what we stand for—steadfast, dependable, loving, and most of all, fun.

For more than 12 years, Mama Noemi has faithfully worked at Dorie’s Promise, serving currently as the Supervisor of our girls’ house. She oversees all of the daily tasks of that house, the general well-being of our girls, and the other Special Mothers who work with our girls.

Mama Noemi helping one of the Dorie's Promise children get ready for picture day.Joining our staff in 2005, she has experienced our growth as an organization and helped shape our homes. Mama Noemi worked at Dorie’s Promise while international adoptions were open and continued with us during our transition to orphan care. As she looks back, she describes her role during the international adoption period as that of an intermediary, caring for children until they could be united with an adoptive family. After the close of international adoptions, her work changed. Many of our children will live with us for most of their childhood. Mama Noemi enjoys the opportunity to create long-term relationships with our children, built on trust, respect, and love. Being able to watch them grow, learn, and mature is a unique opportunity not available during her early years with us.

Those who work closely with Mama Noemi understand her love for our children and commitment to their well-being. Her dream is for all of our girls to become strong young women who have the opportunity to be successful adults. Just like she loves her own children and grandchildren, she cares deeply for each of our children. Each morning after the children leave for school she leads our Special Mothers in prayer for our children, interceding for their needs and praying for our home.

Every day she comes to work with a positive attitude, ready to give her best to each of our girls.

The way Mama Noemi leads her staff and interacts with our children demonstrates a greater purpose. She recently shared, “for me, working at Dorie’s Promise is a mission, not a job.” We experience her focus and dedication every day.

Thank you, Mama Noemi for blessing our home with your love and dedication!

A Good Start to the New School Year

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Ready for A New School Year

By Kelly Shank –

Just one month ago, our children started a new school year. Once again the counters in our homes are lined with lunchboxes and book bags. Our kids are up early and headed to their various schools in bright, new uniforms. Unlike in the United States, the Guatemalan school year begins in January and ends in October.

A few months ago we gave you a sneak peek at our plans for the 2018 school year. Some of our children started new schools this year while others are experiencing the joy of seeing all their friends after a long break. Everyone is starting to settle into the new school year.

With 36 children headed to 5 different schools each day, keeping up with everyone’s homework and special activities is a full-time job. Luckily with we have 2 great teachers who help us stay on top of everyone’s school work.

Meet our Teachers:

Lucky

Our teacher, Lucky.Prior to becoming our teacher, Lucky was a Special Mother for 5 years. Working as a Special Mother gave her a unique perspective on our children. She helped them with homework, cared for them each day, and understood their unique emotional and intellectual needs.

When our teaching position opened up, Lucky knew she wanted to focus on helping all of our children through learning. Lucky believes that “teaching is not transferring knowledge, instead it’s creating possibilities for children to produce and build knowledge.” As she works with our children, Lucky focuses on helping them believe in themselves and overcome any obstacles they face in their school work.

Each year, Lucky works to improve her own teaching methods to best meet the needs of our children. She has completed courses in Montessori methods as well as those in human rights. Her goal is not only to help our children excel academically but to also prepare them for adulthood and raise them in a way that promotes their emotional well-being. She aims to reinforce the vision of our team—to raise children who become independent, strong, loved, prepared, and successful adults.

Yoselin

Yoselin is a teaching assistant at Dorie's Promise.Working with the children at Dorie’s Promise comes naturally to Yoselin. Not only does she love working with children, but her mother, Mirna, is also our staff nurse.

In 2017, Yoselin joined our staff to provide extra support for Lucky. During that first school year, she worked with the teachers of Mario and Joshua in their classrooms, providing an invaluable connection between their school and our home. Thanks to joint efforts of Yoselin and the teachers, our boys made good process in school. This year Yoselin is overseeing the school work of half our boys.

In addition to working at Dorie’s Promise, Yoselin attends college as an education major. We appreciate how she incorporates her studies into our home, adapting her classwork to each of children and watching them improve. Yoselin hopes our children become lifelong learners.

The 7 Keys to Learning in Our Home:

  1. Identify each child’s interests and help them explore these subjects to become active learners
  2. Encourage reading for all children
  3. Promote and reinforce healthy values
  4. Allow children to investigate and create through dynamic learning activities
  5. Offer stability and order at home to replicate school
  6. Teach self-disciple and responsibility
  7. Always offer positive reinforcement, unconditional love, and motivation to succeed

We want to thank Lucky and Yoselin for their dedication to our children.

2018: Our Year to Refocus Missions

Monday, February 19th, 2018

2018 is the year we refocus on the reason we first started hosting teams.

By Kelly Shank –

Mixing the daily needs of 40 children with 300 visitors can be overwhelming to both our staff and kids. The 2018 mission trip season is quickly approaching at Dorie’s Promise and we’re readying our home for more than 300 visitors. Recently, our staff met to discuss our home, our children, and what we want 2018 to look like at Dorie’s Promise.

Mixing the daily needs of 40 children with 300 visitors can be overwhelming to both our staff and kids. Some may wonder why we welcome visitors at all. There is no better way for people to understand the needs in Guatemala than through experience. Plus, we know the people who come to Dorie’s Promise want to serve our children and communities. Our job is to create a program that is healthy for our children, manageable for our staff, and meaningful to those we serve.

As a staff, we asked hard questions and consulted professionals who know our children.

What are the benefits of allowing so many people into our home? How many people should we allow into our home? What changes can create healthy boundaries for our children? What should we really expect from our staff? What kind of projects are we good at?

Over the course of 3 days, we realized just how far we’ve strayed from our original mission.

God has called us to passionately serve the

world’s forgotten children through life-changing ministries.

2018 is the year we refocus on the reason we first started hosting teams. We know when people meet our children and see the need in Guatemala, they join with us to serve the families and children of Guatemala.

By identifying our priorities and gifts, our focus again became clear—the children in our home. They are our greatest priority at all times. Our gifts can also help families throughout the country. We believe in families and are committed to preserving families who may be on the verge of crisis. For those children whose families have experienced crisis and find themselves in a government orphanage, we intend to partner with organizations to care for them until they too can be united with a family.

2018 is our year to refocus missions at Dorie’s Promise. Our calling is clear.

New York Yankee's pitcher Ben Heller at Dorie's Promise.Preserving Families. Caring for Orphans. Transforming Lives.

This is how we fit into the Guatemala missions community. We are both relieved and excited as we prepare for the 2018 trip season at Dorie’s Promise. As a staff, we are united in our vision for the future. We understand how we are called to serve the families and children of Guatemala. We are already identifying families, community partners, and other facilities who share our vision and have needs we can meet this year.

We will serve everyone with dignity and humility, providing solutions and opportunities that promote independence instead of dependency. We will listen well and only offer solutions that are needed, even if it means we change the way we operate.

This is the year we remember why we started.

Will you help us preserve, care, and transform in 2018? We still have openings for both teams and individuals in 2018. Join us as we serve the children and families of Guatemala.

Bringing Baseball to Dorie’s Promise

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Yankee's Pitcher Ben Heller at Dorie's Promise Guatemala

By Kelly Shank –

Imagine the excitement for our children when New York Yankee’s pitcher Ben Heller visited in December.It’s not every week we host a professional baseball player at Dorie’s Promise. So imagine the excitement for our children when New York Yankee’s pitcher Ben Heller visited in December.

We caught up with Ben a few weeks ago to follow up on his trip and plans heading into spring training.

Ben’s connection to Dorie’s Promise started long before he and his wife, Martha, visited our home last December. In fact, they’ve been sponsors for more than four years. In 2011, a friend of the Hellers visited Guatemala and returned home on a mission to share about her trip and raise support for our children. Thankfully, Ben and Martha understood our needs and valued our desire to transform the lives of children.

Although he had served on mission trips previously, Ben was surprised by the extremes of Guatemala. The natural beauty of the country and wealth in some Guatemala City neighborhoods is a stark contrast to the poverty in many villages and overwhelming conditions surrounding the Guatemala City landfill. Even our kids surprised him by how quickly they made him feel welcomed.

Baseball is a huge part of Ben’s life at home, but he didn’t want baseball to overshadow the reason he was working in Guatemala.

He preferred to quietly join his wife and friend for a week serving at Dorie’s Promise without fanfare. As their trip grew closer, a Yankees fan from Guatemala reached out via Twitter and asked Ben to consider holding a baseball clinic in Guatemala City. Although soccer is definitely the favorite sport of Guatemalans, little league baseball has a steady fan base, with teams for children of all ages and tournaments throughout Latin America.

As he considered the request, it became obvious that his baseball experience offered a unique opportunity At the baseball clinic Ben Heller held while in Guatemala.for him to serve others during his trip. With the help of Guatemalan fans, Ben hosted a pitching clinic for 100 local players. As little league players honed their pitching skills, ours learned the game’s fundamentals.

Thanks to Ben and local organizers, Dorie’s Promise received a generous donation from the players’ families. We are thankful for the opportunity to connect with local families. Most importantly, Ben shared his testimony with the children after the clinic, bringing together his story of faith, baseball, and service.

Ben’s looking forward to sharing about his Guatemala trip with teammates and fans as spring training begins. Visiting our home has given him a new perspective on our work and the importance of our supporters. Ben stressed the importance of having a long-term commitment to Dorie’s Promise. He encourages others to become monthly sponsors, like he and his wife, and support our children as we transform their lives. After visiting our home, Ben understands the difference we make in the lives of children and sees the value in his sponsorship.

We look forward to many more years partnering with the Hellers!

Behind the Scenes: Meet our Board of Directors

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

The FCI Board of Directors on a tour of a Mission project in Guatemala.

By Kelly Shank –

Forever Changed International owes a debt of gratitude to the four women who serve along with founder, Heather Radu, as our Board of Directors. These women help guide us, make tremendous contributions with their time and talents, and are our biggest supporters.

We would like to thank them for their commitment to our children and their support for our work in Guatemala.

Our Board of Directors:

Cari Burck:

Dr. Cari Burck (left) with Dorie Van Stone.

Dr. Cari Burck (left) with Dorie Van Stone.

Being able to spend time with Dorie Van Stone deeply influenced Cari. Dorie’s resiliency and God’s provision for Dorie during her childhood taught Cari how to love orphans. While playing with our children and taking pictures many years ago Cari captured 1 year-old Lester’s first smile. She was able to witness the moment he finally felt safe enough to express joy in his new home. That moment is one of her favorite memories. Serving Dorie’s Promise is family affair for Cari, her husband, and their two children. When not working as an Osteopathic Family Physician in West Virginia, Cari enjoys gardening, painting, and photography.

Barb Quinn:

During the 1990s Barb and her husband adopted three children with the help of Heather Radu. Experiencing Eastern European orphanages firsthand changed Barb and ignited a passion for helping orphans. Since the beginning Barb has been a supporter of FCI and she continues to help guide our work today as a board member. She wants people to know that Dorie’s Promise is different. “There is a sense when you walk into Dorie’s Promise that it is a home, full of love and hope.” Barb and her husband are happily retired and enjoy splitting their time between Washington and Hawaii.

Cinda Rachor:

Cinda with her daughter.

Cinda with her daughter.

Cinda’s connection to FCI began as she was desperately trying to find a loving home for her daughter during her adoption process. Fast forward more than a decade and she is still visiting FCI. Along with her husband and seven children, she now leads mission teams each year. “I work with FCI because I love the way they seek to honor God with every decision. I work with FCI because I believe in our staff.  I work with FCI because I adore the children that live there and believe they have been beautifully and wonderfully made.  I believe God created each child there to have a hope and a future and I love being able to support that purpose in any capacity that I can.” The Rachor family calls Michigan home.

Dorie Van Stone:

Dorie Van Stone is the namesake of our orphan care home. As a young girl, Dorie’s mother dropped her off at an orphanage because she no longer wanted her. Abused daily and rejected by a series of prospective adoptive parents, she became tough and angry. A series of encounters would give her hope and eventually change the course of her life. With her husband, Lloyd Van Stone, she served as a missionary to New Guinea. She chronicled her experiences in the book, Dorie, the Girl Nobody Loved. Dorie is now retired in North Carolina.

Exciting News for Pastora Mercedez

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Pastora Mercedez with her mother.

By Kelly Shank –

Casa de Pan feeding center.For the last four years, visiting teams at Dorie’s Promise have faithfully served the children at Casa de Pan feeding center outside the Guatemala City landfill. The weekly visits with Pastora Mercedez and her staff have been a staple of our community work.

Pastora Mercedez works with some of the poorest, most socially outcast residents of Guatemala City. The families she serves primarily work as “scavengers” in the landfill. Parents in these households spend their days scavenging for anything valuable or recyclable from the landfill while children are often left alone to care for themselves.

Although they earn an honest living, these families are among the lowest social classes within the city. They live in harsh conditions, surrounded by piles of recyclables, in homes built from scrap tin and wood, and are plagued by respiratory conditions from exposure to the landfill. Pastora Mercedez understands the difficulties these families, especially the children, face because she is the daughter of scavengers.

Every weekday 400 children come to one of Pastor Mercedez’s two feeding centers to receive a hot meal.

The Forever Changed International and Casa de Pan Partnership:

Team members from Dorie's Promise gave a medical clinic.Our relationship with Pastora Mercedez has evolved over the last four years. Originally, our teams visited once a week to serve lunch and bring food donations. As our connection deepened, so did our efforts to help strengthen this ministry.

Visiting teams have helped improve the facilities at the feeding center as well as providing financial support for the ministry. Two years ago a team built four classrooms in the church to expand tutoring opportunities for the community. Additionally, twice in recent years visiting teams provided medical clinics for neighborhood children who rarely have access to reliable health services.

Our Director, Alejandra, shares her reflections on our partnership with Pastora Mercedez.

“It has been a blessing to support this ministry during the last few years. Not only have we blessed the children who come to the feeding center every day but we have also seen the blessings in the mission participants’ lives.”

We are excited to announce a generous group of donors has committed to fully funding the monthly food expenses for Pastora Mercedez and Casa de Pan! Thanks to the commitment of our teams over the last four years, the future of Pastora Mercedez’s feeding centers are secure for the future.

Thank you to everyone who has served with us and donated towards Pastora Mercedez’s feeding centers to help her reach financial security.

The Path Leading Children to Dorie’s Promise

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Have you ever wondered how children find their way to Dorie’s Promise?

By Kelly Shank –

Marcos is all smiles.Have you ever wondered how children find their way to Dorie’s Promise? We want to help you understand the process that brings children into our home.

There are many different paths our children take before eventually living at Dorie’s Promise. Some of them were abandoned as infants. Others were given up by parents who simply couldn’t provide for them. Too many were rescued from abuse. The common themes in each child’s story are loss and trauma. From the moment children enter our home, we become the protectors of their rights and well-being.

The Beginning of their Journey:

We never know when we might get a call asking us to consider accepting a new child. We’ve received emergency placements in the middle of the night before but most children come into our care as a result of the normal family court proceedings. Based on a home’s location and the level of specialized care needed for a particular child, social workers reach out to the directors of private orphan care homes in hopes of finding a placement before turning to government facilities.

When Alejandra, our director, receives one of these calls, she must determine if Dorie’s Promise is able to provide the best care for a new child without sacrificing the care being received by the children already living in our home. Our homes are divided by gender so one of the first factors she considers is if we have room in that specific house.

Additionally, we consider the age of children who enter our home. As a general rule, we take children up to 8 years old. Why only eight years old? We are committed to making long-term commitments with the children who enter our home so we try to accept children who may be with us for an extended period of time. Lastly, she also considers the special needs of the child, whether physical, mental, or emotional, to determine if we have sufficient resources for a new child.

Navigating the Courts during Their Stay:

Merary came to Dorie's Promise to be reunited with her brother Yire who was already living at our home.As we mentioned, once a child enters our care we represent their interests in court. Jessica, our Legal Assistant, represents them at all court hearings, prepares reports, and is responsible for keeping our staff aware of the legal status of each child’s case.

Between thirty-five and forty children live in our home at any time. You might have noticed that there aren’t thirty-five to forty children on our Sponsor Page. The gap occurs because we only include Permanent Placements in our Sponsor bios. Children in our sponsorship program are Permanent Placements because either their parental rights have been terminated or they have been determined by the courts to be with us long-term.

Every child enters our home as a temporary placement, similar to the foster care program. Through the court process social workers determine if the children could potentially be reunited with their biological parents or other relatives. About 40% of the children in our home are eventually reunited with their biological parents or other family members. We appreciate the deep connections our children have with their biological families and are excited when parents are able to complete the court-ordered reunification programs and establish healthy homes for their families.

Unfortunately, in the majority of our cases, biological families are unable to make the changes necessary to provide a safe home for their children. In those instances, parental rights can be terminated and a judge can declare the child adoptable. Afterward, the National Council for Adoptions (CNA in Guatemala) works to match children with potential Guatemalan adoptive families*.

Each child’s case is unique. Although the designation of temporary or permanent might sound like a simple decision, unfortunately it isn’t. Some of the children in our home have been here as temporary foster placements for many years, caught between parents who desire to be in their lives and the reality that they are not able to provide for them. In contrast, some of our permanent, “adoptable” children have also been here for many years as well. Often, older children and sibling groups are not easily matched with adoptive families.

Our Promise to These Children:

We've made a promise to all the children who've come to Dorie's Promise.Heather Radu, our founder, decided many years ago that we were committed to long-term involvement in the lives of our children. Thus, we accept younger children who may be in our care for a decade or more, giving us the best opportunity to help them become successful adults. This is also why we take some of the hardest placements, those with disabilities and sibling groups.

We believe in giving our absolute best to every child in our home, no matter their placement status. We choose to stand in the gap of their lives, love them, lead them, and help them heal.

Your monthly gift helps us continue providing the best care possible. Visit our Sponsor Page, read more about our children, and find ways to support our home.

 

* International Adoption from Guatemala closed in 2008