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  • 1. Kids We Serve Bethany Christian Services Global, LLC
  • 2. Difference between International Adoption Then and Now Profile of the types of children we serve Reason for the change in types of children we serve What this means for families Information on Bethany’s Waiting Child Portal Objectives
  • 3. When is Then? 5 years ago? 10 years ago? 1 year ago? 6 months ago? Culture of Change and Movement Then?
  • 4. Numbers from 2000 (THEN) 449 Placements from all countries 323 of these placements were children aged 3 and under (72%) Only 41 placements for Special Needs (9%) Then in Numbers
  • 5. Numbers from 2012 (NOW) 263 Placements from all countries 138 of these placements were children aged 3 and under (52%) 172 placements were for Special Needs (65%) Now in Numbers
  • 6. Numbers Projected for 2013 (CURRENT) Estimated 351 Placements for 2013 40% predicted to be age 3 and under 70% predicted to be Special Needs Placements Projections in Numbers
  • 7. 0 100 200 300 400 500 2000 2012 2013 Placements Under 3 Special Needs What Does That Look Like?
  • 8. Guatemala Russia LOTS of YOUNG children from previous countries THEN numbers reflect LOTS of babies Then- Countries
  • 9. Developing programs in Ghana and Brazil Children coming from these “new” programs will be more reflective of the reality of intercountry adoption- older children, children with special needs, sibling groups, etc. NOW numbers reflect new realities Now- Countries
  • 10. Continuum of Care Adoption is the LAST resort Better research into family dynamics, family preservation and social services means less children available for adoption Ethics Why the Change?
  • 11. Continuum of Care Public Education Family Support Foster Care Domestic Adoption Intercountry Adoption Prevention of Child Abandonment
  • 12. How children come into care has changed as well Continuum of Care means: No longer just abandonment due to cultural/government regulations More children coming into care due to abuse/neglect This means that the children who ARE in care have more needs now than they did before Children have more complex histories Changes: Coming Into Care
  • 13. Intercountry Adoption is changing “Healthy Infants” no longer the norm New “face” of ICA: Specific medical/health diagnoses Developmental disabilities Complex psycho-emotional needs Older children Sibling Groups Continuum of Care: Adoption
  • 14. What about the worldwide “orphan crisis”? Where are all these orphans that are being talked about? ORPHAN is not synonymous for INFANT Orphan crisis- thousands of children worldwide waiting for families- many of whom are older and/or have special needs Orphan Crisis
  • 15. Advocating for the children who need families across the world (not just advocating for infants) Presenting waiting children to families who are interested and doing direct recruiting for those children Education on the realities of international adoption to prospective families Remaining true to our ethical framework Bethany’s Response
  • 16. Longer wait time for referrals for “young” children (under the age of 3) Colombia, Ethiopia, China as examples In the future, the wait times will likely CONTINUE to increase, as we see less and less “young” children available No such thing as a child without “needs” Institutionalization, lack of family structure in a child’s life always correlates to needs of some sort Moving from “no identified needs” to an understanding that all children adopted internationally will have special needs of some severity What This Means to Families
  • 17. More direct recruiting for families who are able and willing to adopt an older child, sibling group, or a child with special needs More education on the needs of a child who is being adopted through intercountry adoption (webinars, Bethany’s required 30 hours of training) More exposure to families regarding the realities of international adoption- putting it OUT THERE What This Means for Families
  • 18. We need YOU to help spread the word about the realities of children available for adoption and help advocate for these children who do not have families! We Need YOU!
  • 19. Currently over 400 children listed on Bethany’s waiting child portal- more being added monthly This is only a PORTION of the children available worldwide, but the profiles are ones that have been entrusted to us to find families for Children with various needs, various ages, from various countries Waiting Child Portal
  • 20. New categorization system for children on the waiting portal allows families to see and understand the realities of identified needs of children across the globe Categories include: Medical/Physical Conditions Developmental Delay Developmental Disability Older Children Sibling Groups Psychoemotional Conditions Waiting Child Categorization
  • 21. 3% from Africa 1% from Albania 30% from Bulgaria 8% from China 3% from Colombia 2% from Ethiopia 2% from Ghana 7% from Hong Kong 1% from Korea 30% from Lithuania 12% from Philippines 1% from Uganda Waiting Children by Country
  • 22. The face of international adoption is changing and will continue to change Trends are increasing towards placing children who are older, sibling groups or who have special needs Children ARE waiting right now for families, and Bethany shares some of the profiles of these waiting children through the Bethany Waiting Child Portal Closing
  • 23. Families receive access to the waiting child portal, where they can view all profiles of waiting children, when they complete a free preliminary application Preliminary application can be completed by visiting: https://www.bethany.org/main/international- adoption-form Accessing the Portal
  • 24. Questions? THANK YOU!