Each year, Show Hope provides numerous short-term trip opportunities for sponsors, students, and medical professionals. These trips are designed to open the eyes of others to the critical needs facing orphans. These trips allow each person to see first-hand the care provided to orphans with special needs and how sponsors directly impact their lives.
This year alone Show Hope led a total of ten trips for 150 people! Most short-term trips are based in Luoyang, China at Maria’s Big House of Hope, but 2012 was the first year Show Hope took a group to Haiti, serving at the Hands and Feet Project located in Jacmel. More trips will be offered in 2013 to both countries again for students, sponsors and medical teams. Online applications are now available here showhope.org/trips.
EQUIPPING FAMILIES/ETC: EMPOWERED TO CONNECT CONFERENCES
Show Hope continues to partner with Empowered to Connect to present ETC Conferences featuring Dr. Karyn Purvis of Texas Christian University, who is a leading expert in the field of research-based interventions for at-risk children. To date, Show Hope has hosted six ETC conferences held in Nashville, Denver, and Dallas. Roughly 4,000 people have attended the ETC Conference representing 35 states and Canada.
These two-day conferences allow Dr. Purvis to teach practical strategies for pre/post adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders, and professionals who are serving families seeking to connect with children from hard places. These conferences are viewed as an invaluable experience for those who seek to provide hope and healing to children.
Three Empowered To Connect conferences have already been confirmed for 2013 in three new locations:
Orlando – February 15-16
Chicago – April 19-20
Houston – Sept. 13-14
In April, Show Hope’s Spring Celebration once again presented Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical Cinderella: Enchanted Edition. This event hit Nashville to a sell-out audience for the third year in a row. Held at Nashville’s famed Schermerhorn Symphony Center, this year’s production again featured a star-studded cast and teamed up with the Nashville Symphony for the “one-night-only” concert performance to commemorate the life of Maria Sue Chapman and raise awareness for the world’s waiting children.
ADOPTION TAX CREDIT
This year took Show Hope to the frontlines with other agencies and advocates to help extend The Adoption Tax Credit (ATC), which significantly impacts adopting families in financial need. The ATC, a United States Federal policy, currently stands at $13,000 and will expire this year unless policymakers pass the pending legislation.
Show Hope is one of the 12 leading national adoption organizations that came together to help save the ATC. There are an additional 127 agencies and advocates who are part of this working group, and a bi-partisan group of 18 congressmen and congresswomen have joined in to help.