Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers

Is Love Without Boundaries an adoption agency?

No, but we are committed adoption advocates. LWB is a nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid to orphaned and impoverished children, but we do not place children for adoption. If you are interested in international adoption, email us for resources and more information on the process or visit our Adoption FAQ page.

Can I sponsor a child whom I am adopting?

In accordance with Hague and CCCWA regulations on pre-adoption contact and updates, LWB will decline a prospective adoptive parent's request to sponsor the child they have been matched with and offer them the option to sponsor another child who also needs support. Thank you for your understanding!

Can I share photos of my sponsored child on social media?

We know many of our sponsors form deep bonds to their sponsored children and want to share their progress with family and friends. Any photo sent to donors can be shared publicly, as we change the name of the child for their privacy.  We always ask supporters to keep certain health information private, such as HIV or Hep B status, to protect the child.

Can I send things to my sponsored child?

We prefer to not single out individual children with gifts in our programs, as many of the children live in close proximity to other sponsored kids who might not receive a package. We want each child to know they are valued, so instead we occasionally hold holiday parties or end of year celebrations where all the children in that program can receive an extra treat.  If you would ever like to sponsor a special party for the children, please contact us.

Does LWB accept donations such as clothing or school supplies?

LWB prefers to support the local economies in the countries where we work, and so we buy most of our needed program supplies in-country. Occasionally we accept donations of certain items for specific projects, but due to customs regulations and postage costs, this only happens a few times each year, such as collecting medical supplies for our surgery trips.

Can I volunteer to work in an orphanage through LWB?

LWB does not set up mission trips for groups wishing to work inside orphanages or in rural villages. LWB does send medical teams and teacher training teams occasionally. If you are an expert in physical or occupational therapy or in another medical field, or if you are an educator, you can email us to find out what trips we have coming up. Volunteers on our overseas trips pay for all of their own travel costs.

Can LWB help me visit an orphanage?

LWB does not arrange orphanage visits, and we do not arrange for outside organizations to do mission work in China.

What are donations to your general fund used for?

Donations to our general fund are used to help children in all of our programs. Many times we have unexpected needs arise, and general funds are used to help make up the difference. For example, sometimes a surgery costs more than originally anticipated, or perhaps a foster child needs medicine for an illness. General fund donations are used wherever there is the greatest need.

What happens when the child I am sponsoring is adopted?

You will be notified that the child is no longer sponsored by LWB and given the choice to sponsor a new child or have your sponsorship canceled.

How do I cancel my sponsorship or update my account information for my sponsorship payments?

Call us at (405) 216-5837 or email us to cancel or make changes to a sponsorship, including updating account information. Please do not email credit card or financial information.

If my adopted child is in an LWB program, can I get updated photos and information?

In accordance with Hague and CCCWA regulations on pre-adoption contacts and updates, we are unable to provide updates until your adoption is finalized. Once you are home with your new child, we will gladly provide you with any photos and reports on your child at no cost. Please complete and submit our Request for Child Information form.

When I sponsor a child, am I the only one helping or are there multiple sponsors for the same child?

All of our LWB programs are run in a transparent manner because we want our donors to know they are directly impacting the lives of children. The answer to this question varies between programs. For example, our foster care program requires three to four sponsors to cover all of a child's needs each month. Our healing homes require multiple sponsors to meet the running costs of the homes. Most of our education programs have two to three sponsors per child. Our medical program often has multiple sponsors  as it often takes many donors giving small amounts to fund surgeries. We always stop asking for sponsors when a child is fully funded. Email us if you have any questions about our sponsorships.

Is it possible for me to adopt a specific child I have seen on your website?

Pre-identification of children for adoption is normally not allowed. We always request the orphanages we work with to submit the adoption files for the children we help. For children in our China programs, those files are then sent to the China Center for Child Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA), and they then place the children on a waiting children list made available to adoption agencies. If you would like more information on waiting child adoption, please email us for a list of agencies who help place children with special needs. Some parents who have fallen in love with specific children have been successful in locating those children on waiting child lists. Unfortunately LWB cannot assist in those efforts. In Cambodia, international adoption is currently not an option for the children in our programs. In Uganda, potential parents must live in-country for a year before starting the formal adoption process. For more information on adoption from the countries where LWB works, visit our Adoption FAQ page.

How can I volunteer with Love Without Boundaries?

We appreciate your interest in volunteering with LWB and would welcome your Volunteer Application. Some additional suggestions on ways to help can be found on our Get Involved page.