CAFO Summit VII Highlights – Day 1

Project HOPEFUL is enjoying our time here at the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit in Louisville, Kentucky. The Team has enjoyed the camaraderie which comes from being amongst like-minded advocates who share the same burden to see orphans receive the care they need.
The conference was kicked off with a time of worship Wednesday night with a wonderful concert from Meredith Andrews and the Desperation Band. Today we were treated to many informative general and breakout sessions by thoughtful presenters representing a wide range of topics, such as; McLane Layton of Equality for Adopted Children, Karyn Purvis of TCU Institute of Child Development, Brian Fikkert of Covenant College and Chalmers Center, Julie Gumm, author of Adopt Without Debt… just to name a VERY few.
The conference has already blessed the Project HOPEFUL team. We suspect that the information learned here will continue to inform and challenge us to as we take what we’ve learned home to digest further through prayer and meditation. There is not much that compares to gathering with like-minded organizations to compare notes on best practices and what is truly working in the world of orphan care.
On an exciting personal note, Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine of Family Life Today interviewed Executive Director, Carolyn Twietmeyer in front of the live general session audience this morning. Project HOPEFUL couldn’t be more grateful for the chance to be featured on such a prominent national radio show! Stay tuned for further details about what date the show will air.

Equality for Adopted Children, E.A.C.H.

Through the years E.A.C.H. Founder, McLane Layton, has been at the forefront of the effort to reform immigration processes and other bureaucratic issues adoptive families of children with HIV/AIDS and severe special needs have faced. Because of the efforts of E.A.C.H we have witnessed enormous strides for the benefit of children. Project HOPEFUL continues to rely on our partnership with E.A.C.H. as an integral part of helping us assist children coming home.

To learn more about E.A.C.H. please visit them of the web at:

HOPE for Yordi

From the Herald News (Illinois)

HOPE for Yordi: Joliet family raising money to adopt girl from Ethiopia
May 29, 2008

By Denise Baran-Unland Special to the Herald News
With seven biological children of their own and room in their hearts for one more, the Twietmeyer family of Joliet decided to adopt their next child — a special needs girl from India.

But the Oak Park adoption agency they contacted suggested that they adopt an HIV-positive orphan from Ethiopia and the child’s two siblings, which the Twietmeyers did in July 2007.

The frustrations they encountered during the adoption process led them to found Project H.O.P.E.F.U.L (Helping Orphans and Parents Eliminate Further Unnecessary Loss…of time, dignity and Life) to assist families in adopting HIV-positive children. The family also worked with a Washington, D.C., lawyer to expedite the entry of adopted HIV positive children into the United States.

The Twietmeyers will soon finalize the adoption of another HIV-positive child, Yordi, who they say weighs only 39 pounds at age 10.
Quest to get Yordi
To raise the $8,000 they still need for travel expenses to and from Ethiopia to get her, Carolyn Twietmeyer said the family will host a garage sale and raffle of a hand-dyed batik quilt at their home May 29-31.

A family friend and her internationally adopted children created the quilt for the Twietmeyers’ raffle. Any money raised above and beyond their travel expenses will be given to another Project H.O.P.E.F.U.L. family.

Yordi herself will draw the winning name once she is safely home.

“We’re praying, God willing, to get her the end of June or the first part of July,” Carolyn said. “But it’s very expensive to do.”

The family recently received a $4,000 grant from Shaohannah’s Hope, an organization founded by contemporary Christian music artist […]