AMERICA WORLD ADOPTION

Building families according to God's design of adoption, while caring for vulnerable children around the world.

aka AWAA   |   McLean, VA   |  https://awaa.org

Mission

America World Adoption is committed to: Building families according to God's design of adoption, while caring for vulnerable children around the world.
 
Key Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
 
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

Ruling year info

1996

Principal Officer

Anna Graham

Main address

6723 Whittier Ave. Ste. 202

McLean, VA 22101 USA

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EIN

54-1720006

NTEE code info

Adoption (P31)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For over 25 years, America World has been placing orphaned children into Christ-centered families. In 2008, America World partnered with The Ethiopian Ministry of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA) to assist in uniting U.S. families with adopted children from Ethiopia. This great partnership continued until January 9, 2018, when the Ethiopian Parliament banned international adoption. The news was devastating to America World and the families who supported this vital adoption program. The fact remains that there are more orphans waiting than will ever be able to be adopted. We are working to address t problem that we have encountered in Ethiopia. When girls reach their 18th birthday, they ‘age-out’ of the government orphanage in Addis Ababa.  The vast majority, lacking education, security, and life-skills, end up on the streets and turn to prostitution, drugs, or become victims of child/sex trafficking. For many, they end up losing their lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adoption

America World Adoption Association is a Christian based, non-profit organization dedicated to helping families adopt children from around the world.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Victims and oppressed people

In addition to adoption services, America World is actively providing for the needs of orphans who are waiting to be adopted or those who are unadoptable. The methods of care vary based on the country we are serving, however, in all cases at a minimum America World provides for the basic necessities of orphans.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children
Preteens
Adolescents

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation 2007

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

America World is passionate about caring for orphans around the world. Through current and former partnerships with countries and orphanages, we desire to fill in the gaps between the care orphaned children are receiving and the care that they still need. America World has maintained a high degree of integrity through its adoption work in countries and with foreign governments. This has allowed us unique opportunities.

One of the many goals of America World is to make a change for teen girls in Ethiopia. With such a high percentage of these girls, who are aging out of the government-run orphanage in Addis Ababa, turning to life-threatening situations America World was able to secure a home for these girls.  Through the support of mission trip participants and their families, this home was purchased and qualified staff hired to not only provide a safe place for these girls to live but also provide healthy nutrition, educating them, teaching them a variety of ways to support themselves and spiritual formation to arm them with resources and tools to enable them to become self-supportive adults in their society. This home is limited to 8-10 girls at one time, and the “program” to empower them to become self-sustaining takes an average of 18 months. 

America World has already seen great success in this “program” and has the opportunity to affect the lives of more teen girls, but also wants to accomplish the same for teen boys from the orphanage who are in need of this type of support.

Another goal of America World, as it relates to orphan care, is to provide additional support and assistance to orphans in China—another highly effective program in this long-standing America World adoption country.  The China Center for Children’s Welfare & Adoption (CCCWA) has provided America World the opportunity to allow potential adoptive families to visit specific orphanages where orphans with medical needs are in need of adoptive families.  These families have been able to not only meet these children but have also been able to advocate for them upon returning home in the U.S.

It is America World’s goal to further develop opportunities like this with the CCCWA and families across the country by raising funds to be designated to provide financial grants for these children to be adopted.  Through these grants, families can better overcome the financial burden of adoption.

In 2019, America World worked directly with one of its mission teams to raise funding for a new home called Beta Hosanna. This team went on an America World mission trip to Ethiopia and saw the pressing need for several girls who would soon age out of the orphanage. Together, America World and the team raised sufficient funding to secure the home and qualified staffing to move these new girls into the new Beta Hosanna home.

In large part, this will become a model for additional homes in Ethiopia for those orphans (girls and boys) who will age out in the future. The response, in donations, for this first home was overwhelming and we believe there are more who would love to help make the goal of additional homes a reality. As a group of teens is empowered over 18 months of residence to make a living on their own, a new group of teens will replace them in these homes. Prior residents of the home will step into mentorship roles as they complete the program.

As for the China goal, we have found that adoptive parents are generally very passionate about their child’s birth country and want to support orphans there. As with the Ethiopia Beta Hosanna home, we have also seen a great response from China adoptive families and mission trip participants to China in looking for opportunities to care for orphans.

Through careful marketing and branding, America World is poised to make broad calls to action to adoptive families, mission trip participants, churches and likeminded businesses to raise the funds needed for these two vitally important goals.

America World has a network of nearly 5,000 adoptive families and mission team members. Since their beginning in 1997, their families have been incredibly supportive of the mission at the organization through word-of-mouth, at churches, on social media, and through their giving during important orphan care initiatives.

America World has already established a house in Addis Abba, Ethiopia and is seeing great success and progress in the teen girls who are residing at Beta Hosanna under the guidance and supervision of our staff. This “model” home has proven to be effective in reaching the goals of providing a safe and healthy environment where these teens can learn a trade, learn to cook and grow spiritually to prepare them for the next stage in their lives.

Based on the success of this first home, America World is ready to step out and increase the vision to provide more homes for teen girls and boys in Ethiopia.

How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICA WORLD ADOPTION

Board of directors
as of 2/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Gregston

Heartlight Ministry

Debbie Taylor

Matthew Thornett

Renee Luwis

David Rathbone

David Barwell

Brian Luwis

Suzanne Watson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Disability status
Person without a disability

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