Making a Difference One Child at a Time
Grace and Hope for Children is committed to the care of orphaned and abandoned children in their time of need through the support of foster care families and the organizations that promote them. Our years of work with children living in orphanages has shown that thoughts, actions, emotions, expectations, and values typical of humanity are instilled at a very young age and cannot be easily learned in an orphanage. Add the individuality of children and it becomes impossible to grow a child where the children outnumber the adults 10 or 20 to 1. What is seemingly impossible within the orphanage, however, is achieved almost without effort in the foster home.
It is our hope and prayer that we continue to introduce foster care where it’s absent, encourage it where it’s present, and reach out to orphans in their time of need, their childhood; for God is passionate about orphans. Please join our many volunteers around the west and the staff in China to forever change the life of a child.
2013 Volunteer and Board Trip
Annually, we visit foster children and orphanage children and marvel at the difference. To westerners who live in countries where there are no orphanages it is difficult to visualize a child without some type of parent. The difference can be stark. We should never underestimate the value of growing up in a family environment. This year was no different. The group of staff, volunteers, and board members met in Shanghai in April and then split to visit the orphanages, their staffs and foster children in 30 different cities across four provinces.
It’s an inspiration to see the number of Chinese donors increasing. In addition to visiting the children, we also took time to meet with Chinese donors who have had the unique opportunity to see the effects of foster care within their own culture. We look forward to inviting more Chinese citizens to participate in the care of these precious children.
Traveling through China is always bitter-sweet. There is always great joy to see the foster families and great sorrow to see the changes that adversely impact the children (see Changing Foster Care Landscape below).
If you feel called to support these children in China, please join us on next year’s trip. Contact us at email@example.com
Changing Foster Care Landscape
The care of orphaned and abandoned children in China continues to change. The Chinese Government has invested millions of yuan to build new orphanages, group homes, and rehabilitation facilities. Some orphanages are withdrawing children from foster care to fill their new group homes. Other children have returned to the orphanage to receive therapy. The buildings are nice and new and staff training is improving, but in the end it is clear to see that what matters is the love of a family. What matters is that a foster parent loves and nurtures a child. Therapy has value in developing the body, but it is the love of the family that develops a child. We will continue to champion the care of these children through foster care.