About Us

Our Mission: Connecting Orphans with the Givers Who Will Help Them Thrive

Founded in 2002, Paul and Carolene Cook started A Child’s Hope Foundation to inspire hope and awaken the spirits of both children and volunteers.

OUR FOCUS

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Connecting orphans and volunteers to create lasting relationships

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Lifting orphans from surviving to thriving through improved home, health, and opportunity

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Providing volunteers the opportunity to give back by serving children in need

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Supporting programs for adoption and foster care in country and across borders

OUR STORY

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In 1997, Paul and Carolene Cook adopted their beautiful daughter, Megan, from China. In 2001, Megan’s adoption agency came to the Cooks and asked them to donate to improve an orphanage in Haiti. They donated some money and thought little more of it.

 

A few months later, the agency returned to the Cooks and asked Paul if he would take a trip to Haiti to see what his donation meant in a personal sense.

 

Paul said, “It was only then, when I saw the desperate plight of orphans in Haiti, that I knew that I needed to do more than just donate money. I needed to personally get to work on this problem and help save the lives of these kids. We named our charity ‘A Child’s Hope Foundation’ because we believe it is every orphan’s hope to belong to a loving family.”

 

In 2002, A Child’s Hope Foundation started by building an “Adoption Orphanage” in Haiti—a short-term home for children to stay until they were adopted. Hundreds of volunteers traveled at their own expense to help in construction efforts.

 

After dozens of children were adopted from that facility, the Hague Adoption Convention led to measures that made it incredibly difficult for international adoptions to be completed. Since 2004, there has been a 74% decline in adoptions to the US.

 

Because of the drop in international adoptions and other difficulties that arose, A Child’s Hope Foundation left Haiti and began partnering with orphanages in Mexico. We plan on returning to Haiti in 2018.

OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Saving Lives and Building Families

 

-Purchased land and are building a brand new orphanage for the children and caregivers at Buena Vida

-Built a beautiful 14,000 sq. ft. facility in Haiti that served as an adoption center for dozens of children and included a 16-bed volunteer wing and a wing for a school/clinic

-Assisted in over 100 children being adopted from the adoption orphanage in Haiti, with dozens more matched with loving families

-Provided loans to couples to adopt children through the Perpetual Adoption Fund

Volunteering

 

-Volunteers have made a total of 3,500 individual trips to work in Mexico

-379 volunteers have made a total of 472 individual trips to work in Haiti

-42,000 estimated hours have been provided by trip volunteers working in Mexico

-19,538 estimated hours have been provided by trip volunteers working on the facility in Haiti

-85 weeks donated by volunteer child caregivers in Haiti

-Thousands of hours contributed by local volunteers creating (sewing diapers, blankets, sheets, clothing, etc.), collecting, sorting, and packing donations of various kinds

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Coordinating and Supplying Needed Resources

 

-Donated supplies to over 100 orphanages and communities in Bulgaria, China, Mongolia, Ukraine, Peru, South Korea, Haiti and Mexico

-Mexico: Built and improved facilities at four separate orphanages in Mexico, donated thousands of dollars of supplies to various orphanages

-South Korea: Donated $30,000 in supplies to three orphanages and several orphans in foster care

-Haiti: Delivered three 40 foot containers of supplies by ship and delivered 1056 totes of supplies and aid brought with volunteers by plane

-Peru: Donated around 10 totes of toys, school supplies, clothing, etc. and $5000 to provide food for seven months for 105 children and 6 nuns at an orphanage for blind and handicapped children

-China: Donated over $110,000 as a major sponsor of the China Orphan Relief Fund which provides orphans in China medical care, food, clothing, heating, reconstruction of facilities, etc.

-China: Provided small grants to 7 orphanages in China for supplies (food, clothing, heating, medical, etc.)

-Haiti: Helped coordinate, facilitate, and host 18 medical and dental professionals who treated over 450 individuals (villagers and our orphans)

-China: Facilitated the acquisition of medical supplies and vitamins for several orphanages

-Mexico: Facilitated dental teams which provided dental services to over 100 orphans and caregivers

-Ukraine: Held benefit concert and provided funds for a vehicle for a family-oriented orphanage