Adoption

Building forever families

No child is too old to adopt

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Forever Families

Around the world, infants and toddlers are preferred for adoption. So children older than three are likely to spend more time in orphanages. Eventually, children “age out” of their orphanages, with no place to go and no family to call their own. Currently, this happens every 2.2 seconds. They then risk being turned out on the streets, with few options but to sell drugs or sex.

Consider Aileen, a basketball- and soccer-playing 10-year-old girl from the Philippines. We don’t know where she lived for the first four years of her life, but from age 4 to age 9 she lived in an orphanage. Her chances of being adopted were slim to none – until she found a family through our Adoption Ambassador Program, which is funded entirely by private donations.

This unique program takes volunteer “ambassadors” to the Philippines to meet children age 9 and older in the only place and culture they’ve ever known. The experience gives the ambassadors an opportunity to get to know each child and commit to finding them a forever family. For most children in the Ambassador Program, this is their last chance to have a family of their own.

Adoption changes the life of a child in the most significant way possible; it changes families for the better, too. LSS completes more than 300 adoptions a year, involving children of all ages, from around the U.S. and around the globe. It brings us just a little closer to having a loving family for every child.

Her chances of being adopted were slim to none – until she found a family through our Adoption Ambassador Program, which is funded entirely by private donations.

Change a Life Donor Levels

  • Power Donor: $5,000
  • Super Charger: $1,000
  • Champion: $500
  • Supporter: $250
  • Booster: $100
  • Fan: $50
  • Kickstarter: $25
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Adoption Life Changers

Elizabeth T.

$50  Donation
Williams Bay, WI

 

Jonathan K.

$115 Donation
Lodi, WI

Cassie C.

$70
Pulaski, WI

 

Doug H.

$5,000 Donation
Bevar Dam, WI

 

Betty W.

$100 Donation
Lancaster, WI

 

Tonya V.

$25 Donation
Shorewood, WI

 

Anonymous

$250 Donation
Platteville, WI

 

John V.

$25 Donation
Iron River, MI

 

Last Updated: 1/2016

306

Adoptions

In 2013, LSS completed 306 adoptions, including 51 international and domestic adoptions and 255 adoptions of children with special needs.

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Gold Star

LSS is one of only seven adoption agencies in Wisconsin and Michigan to consistently achieve the highly regarded HAGUE accreditation, which is the “gold star” for international adoption.

40

Children

Nearly 40 children between the ages of 10 and 16 who “aged out” of the adoption process in their own countries found forever families in the United States through the LSS Ambassador Program.  For these children, LSS was their last hope – their last chance – for a family to call their own.

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