Thursday, November 15

The America World Transitional Home

America World has just set up what is called a "transitional home" for those children who have already been placed with adoptive families. This allows these children to get more individualized care in preparation for their uniting with their forever family. We received an e-mail from our family coordinator, Laurel, about the home and those needs still present. If anyone feels led, here is a way to help:

"...There are still many things needed to help make the home a nurturing and stimulating environment for your prospective children as they wait the arrival of their parents. Therefore, we are writing to let you know of some of these needs and how you could help meet them, if you desire to do so...if you would like to donate items for use at the transition home, please have them mailed to or dropped off at the America World--Tennessee office by close of business on Wednesday, November 21st. Items may also be dropped off at the Corporate office in McLean. Rachel will be leaving for Addis on Monday morning, the 26th.

Here is a list of suggested items:

Classic children's books
Coloring books and crayons
Children's Bibles and/or Bible stories
Hand Sterilizer (large bottles)
CD players, children's worship CD's, lullabies, etc.
DVD player and Children's Videos (ie: Veggie Tales, The Wiggles, Praise Baby)
Rubber coated children's spoons
ABC and 123 learning materials for toddlers.
Tape recorder
Little cosmetic mirror
Baby blankets, regular ones and one with hoods sewn in
Towels/soaps and bath items
Jump rope
Inflatable balls,
Lace cards, beads to string on laces
Baby Tylenol, antibiotics, probiotics

If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, you may write a check to America World and send it to the corporate office in McLean. In the memo line, please write "transition home support," so that our finance department knows how to allocate your donation. Rachel will be able to use these funds to purchase items while she is in Addis.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Rachel at Please mail donations to the America World--TN office at:
Attn: Rachel Ward
America World--Tennessee
256 Seaboard Lane, Suite G101
Franklin, TN 37067

Laurel E. Ludwick
Assistant Ethiopia Program Director"

Pray for those 13 children who have been transitioned in preparation for their new families. While this is incredibly exciting, it may also be difficult for those children who have been so used to certain caregivers and friends. Our prayers go out to them on this National Adoption Day!

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