Abandon a Baby? Why??

Abandon a Baby? Why??

by Joy Casey A note popped up in my inbox today telling me that a baby has been added to our Joyful Place orphanage.  I opened the email and read the details of this baby girl’s hard beginning.  I noticed her weight is low and she is noticeably weak. Attached to the...
Chosen and Beloved

Chosen and Beloved

We do not know the circumstances that led to a precious 4 year old girl being found wandering down a road near a medical clinic in Shashemene.  Did her parents die?  Was she willingly abandoned for some reason we can’t fathom?  She wasn’t able to tell the authorities...
Best Practices for Orphan Care

Best Practices for Orphan Care

by Joy Casey Sweeping generalizations are problematic.  In my experience, there usually is not just one right way to do anything.  Therefore, when I heard about the world’s largest adoption agency making broad declarations of the best way to tackle our world’s orphan...
Off to a Great Start

Off to a Great Start

by Joy Casey in Ethiopia written 11/3/19 Jason and I had an uneventful flight, always a good thing.  We left Seattle at midnight for Chicago, then a 17-hour non-stop flight from Chicago to Addis Ababa, the capitol of Ethiopia.  Not only did we gain a day crossing a...
Now A Daughter and A Son

Now A Daughter and A Son

I have happy, happy news to share today! Two little ones who have been growing up in our Joyful House orphanage aren’t there any more… they are at HOME with their very own mommies and daddies.  Loved and cherished members of their very own families. Tigist’s...
No Longer Left Behind

No Longer Left Behind

A precious little boy has grown up in our Mana Gammachuu orphanage, having been brought to us when he was found abandoned outside of a cafe at about six-months-old. Esubalew turned 4-years-old last month.  He is a hefty little guy, curious and engaging. A year ago six...