August 2012 - Children at Heart is now offering services
to birthmothers in NY, in addition to NC. We have distributed our brochure for birthmothers to several pregnancy centers and OBGYN locations in the Capital District of NY. If you would like to help us distribute
our information where you think it might be needed in
NY, please let us know - we would love your support
in spreading the word about our services!
Children at Heart hosted an Open House Fundraiser Event
on September 23, 2011, to show off our new office in Wilmington, NC. Check out the media coverage of the event,
as well as a generous donation made by Paysage Interiors!
Adoption group gets new meeting room through donation
| WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News
Children at Heart Adoption wanted a chair, received room makeover
Making happy homes is a priority to two local groups here in Wilmington, Children at Heart Adoption Services, Inc. andPaysage Interiors. After a fun few months of creating a new room, Children at Heart and Paysage are ready to reveal the redesigned space that has come to be all from a simple wish posted on Facebook.
When Paysage asked for their fans’ wish lists on June 22, 2011, the Facebook post caught the eye of Erica Willock, assistant director of Children at Heart. "We had recently moved into a new office on Front Street, and were very much in need of furniture for our birthmother support group space. I decided I had nothing to lose, so I shared our needs with Paysage," said Willock.
Paysage’s designer Melissa Sutton had a special place in her heart for this wish, as Melissa was adopted by a wonderful family in North Carolina, and knows that non-profits, such as Children at Heart, can change the lives of many families for the better. Melissa, keeping in mind the purpose of the room, redesigned and created a new look and feel for what was once a cold and dreary office space. Willock said, "It was wonderful how Paysage designed a space that would be not only comfortable and beautiful, but also very conducive to the kind of therapy that would be going on there. They truly cared about our work.”
Since 1995, Children at Heart has facilitated international adoptions, placing close to 500 orphaned children with US families. In January of this year they started a domestic adoption program specifically aimed at helping birthmothers from the Southeastern NC area. "We realized that there really were no agencies anywhere near Wilmington," stated Janice Bergeron, director of Children at Heart. "Given the amount of contact we've received from birthmothers over the years, it became clear that our help is needed here."
Additionally, with the assistance of one local birthmother, Children at Heart founded a monthly birthmother support group - a first for this area. "We had space for the meetings at our office, but the only furniture we had was a hand-me-down conference table that was in the office when we moved in. It really wasn't appropriate for what we were using the space for, but it was all we had until Paysage stepped in," said Bergeron.
Children at Heart hosted an open house fundraising event for the revealing of the newly designed room on Friday September, 23rd.
For more information please contact Erica Willock:
or Paysage Interiors, media contact, Lexi Paulos: 910.256.6050
Children at Heart was featured on the local news
in Wilmington, NC in June 2011!
Click the link below to read an article about CAH
and see the news footage:
Adoption agency looking to
build more local families
- WECT TV6 - WECT.com - Wilmington, NC news
Hague Renewal Accreditation Update
As part of the Hague Renewal Accreditation process that we are currently undergoing, the general public has an opportunity to provide feed back about Children at Heart's performance as an adoption service provider. Click here to access the information about this opportunity on the COA website.
Pertinent links regarding Hague and international adoptions:
US Department of State
July 21, 2010: Today we were accredited in the country of Nepal! We hope this program will find homes for infants and toddlers, with single women and married couples.
Unfortunately on August 6, 2010, the US Department of State suspended adoptions in Nepal. Please see our Nepal page for the official statement from the Department of State. We will update this website when we are ready for prospective adoptive families to begin preparing dossiers.
July 12, 2010: Today we received our accreditation to begin facilitating adoptions in Poland! We hope this program will find homes for older children, sibling groups, and infants with special needs. Please check the Poland page of this site for more details on this program. Contact us if you have questions regarding Poland adoptions, we are here to help!
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Our Facebook page features many pictures of recently adopted children, as well as pictures from our annual picnic and fundraisers! We also update our page with information on upcoming events, as well as news on our adoption programs and completed adoptions. You can find us under "Children at Heart" - add us as a friend today!