This year has been a watershed year for Hearts of Hope in terms of meeting our goal of providing children with ‘forever families’. Our first priority is to unite children with their families however if this is not possible, to have them adopted and placed in loving and caring homes where they can be given an opportunity to succeed.
By the end of 2014, 16 children would have left the Home in order to be placed with families. This has enabled us to meet the needs of and care for 44 children in 2014 alone. This success rate of adoptions is unusual and is a combined effort of the work we do at the home in preparing the children for life and enabling them to be easily ‘adoptable’ as well as the wonderful work done by our social workers and associated partner agencies.
Whilst it isn’t always possible to find local adoptive families, resulting in many international adoptions, we now have a global village of Hearts of Hope children as well as our local home. Our children now live in countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Luxembourg, USA and the Netherlands.
Hearts of Hope isn’t like most children’s homes. That’s because of our background. We were started by two women who had years of experience caring for vulnerable kids and a real passion for making a difference in their communities. So we focus on the depth of our reach and not just the breadth. On quality of care, not simply quantity.
And that’s because, having had families of their own, these women are determined to not merely provide a roof over children’s heads. Instead, Hearts of Hope provides a home and family for each child, until he or she can find a forever family of their own. Should they not be placed with a forever family, Hearts of Hope is that family. Our role is to equip them to be educated, well adjusted, self sustaining individuals by the time they leave at 21 years old. We aim to give them back their childhood.
We have an incredibly dedicated staff without whom we would never be able to give our children back their childhoods. We can never say thank you enough – you guys make a difference in our children’s lives everyday!