Connie's Home is a group foster home in northern Thailand caring for children awaiting international adoption. Over 60 children have been placed in their forever homes since August 2000. Food and diapers are among the highest expenses in operating a healthy home. We provide some of our food from an on-site garden project to help offset the cost of nutritious food. Salaries for our Thai staff, some (former drug mules) from the Juvenile Detention Center, are our largest monthly expense.
Connie's Home was established to care for sick infants that are awaiting adoption, removing them from an institutional care facility with limited care givers. Often these children are set aside after being added to the adoption lists because their unaided health condition progresses and eventually results in being removed from the list. We give them the individual attention and care they need to get healthy enough to get back into the system to be adopted.
It is the mission of Connie's Home staff to recognize the value and potential of each child, nursing them back to health until the children can be successfully adopted. Each child receives the physical, emotional, and social care that will help them through the adoption transition ahead. We have had 60+ children adopted out internationally over the past 20+ years. The young women caring for the children are giving hope and also seeing their own contributions to the development of the children.
By employing marginalized young women, including some who have served time in the Juvenile Detention Center for carrying drugs, we demonstrate how to plan a family and provide loving care for children while being employed in a legal, healthy environment. We have trained over 50 young women over the past 20+ years, giving hope as well as employment, empowering them for the future and helping to break the cycle of unwanted children.