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Travelling to Haiti on behalf of World Wide Orphans (WWO), Rosie Evans was in charge of putting together a Toy Library. This is one of many projects that the organization WWO initiates for orphans in several countries. After a devastating earthquake struck in Haiti two years ago, WWO has had Melissa Willock on the ground to coordinate projects and train people to work with the orphans.
WWO has created a model called the Youth to Children (Y2C) program to meet the multiple needs of children worldwide. One hospital in Haiti, Saint Damien’s, wants to learn more about the Y2C program, because they have 23 abandoned children living in a hospital ward, even though they are healthy. They could end up spending years in this hospital. Part of the Y2C model includes a Toy Library, and according to Rosie and Melissa, these children fit the criteria for this need.
Dr. Jane Aronson used to be referred to as the “adoption doc” because she has evaluated over 10,000 children adopted from abroad. Additionally she has consulted with adoptive parents about their referrals. We are one of these families who consulted with Dr. Aronson when we got the referral for our daughter. Another adoption doctor suggested we turn down the referral; I was not in agreement with this doctor and thankfully turned to Dr. Aronson (who signs all her emails “Jane”) who reassured me that the tiny baby in the photo would be just fine.
Jane and her partner have three adopted children between them – one from a domestic adoption and two from intercountry adoptions (Vietnam and Ethiopia). In addition to starting WWO (World Wide Orphans), being an outspoken leader in adoption medicine, she runs a private practice for International Pediatric Health Services in New York and is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Cornell University.
Reading a recent interview with Jane on the “Washington Times Communities” was inspiring. Jane has solutions for the millions of worldwide orphans and if she has enough resources she can make miracles happen. In 1997 Jane started the Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO) which "focused on supporting local efforts and developing programs in country to assist orphans around the world.”After going on medical missions Jane realized just how doomed orphaned children are. She saw the need to address the social-psycho aspects of growing up in an orphanage as well as the physical ones. Jane’s first project for WWO was in Russia and Eastern Europe because she felt that orphans there were in the worst of situations. They seemed to live in orphanages for longer periods of time, were greatly impacted by fetal alcohol syndrome, and had the most “complex psychological issues.”Jane says that she met with a lot of resistance in these countries initially but because WWO helps children and families in the communities around the orphanages she and WWO gained support.