Children Awaiting Parents, Inc.

Rating: 4.67 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 595 Blossom Rd., Suite 306 Rochester NY 14610 USA

Mission: CAP is dedicated to finding loving adoptive families for children waiting in foster care.  Roughly half a million children in the U.S. have been removed from unsafe homes, and of these, 120,000 are free for adoption. CAP seeks to find adoptive homes for America''s hardest to place children.

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I was recruited in 2010 as a volunteer for Children Awaiting Parents 2011 A Toast to Spring Committee, their largest annual fundraising event of the year. I wasn't sure what to expect or how my talents may or may not fit into what they were looking to accomplish. They welcomed me with open arms and were receptive to some new ideas I brought to the table, while never wavering from their mission or beliefs. Their staff and all of their volunteers that I've interacted with are smart and professional. They are an efficient and creative group that is committed to accomplishing great things. They recruit and surround themselves with other hard working, passionate people, and express their appreciation every step of the way. Their approach to building and growing relationships with a diverse cross-section of the community to help build awareness and support of their mission is telling and is something I believe has contributed to their success. I am amazed at what they have accomplished since they were founded, as well as in just the past couple of years, and am proud to align myself with their organization. I will continue to offer them my support with reservation. Sky's the limit for this tremendous non profit.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our 2011 A Tost to Spring Committee was able to achieve almost triple the proceeds of the year prior for our fundraising event, exceeding their goal and everyone's overall expectations.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Develop a more formal PR plan to maintain a more consistent level of awareness. Learn how to best leverage social media efforts.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, expanded my network of contacts and friends within the local community. Opened my eyes to just how supportive our community is if you just get out there and ask.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Part of a bigger movement. It has been a very fulfilling experience.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

A friend of mine is on the board for Children Awaiting Parents. As a result of his involvement I am familiar with the work they do. I have become a donor for this organization and participate in some events for CAP. I am myself an adoptive parent so find an organization such as this one very worthwhile.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the help they provide for children and families

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make people more aware of the work they do.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Rating: 4 stars  

I met a friend while serving on a selected panel. As we discussed our lives I discovered he and his partner was adopting a young man who did not have a family. As I followed this program I was pleased about what a wonder situation it was for all involved...A young man desiring a family situation with it structure. love and discipline...and a couple who was looking to have a family situation to care about and love. From what I have observed it has been positive on both sides. Since I and my wife have been aware of the agency, we have been supportive in the activities as we see a positive result...Bob and Cindy

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do not know to this date as we are just becoming familiar with the organization.

Rating: 5 stars  

A close friend is a board member and adoptive parent, and I have seen first-hand how amazing the work that CAP does helps children to find their forever families. CAP has quality awareness and fund-raising campaigns, that are fun and informational, well organized, and directly and immediately benefit those intended

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 4 stars  

Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) is the only national nonprofit in the United States helping to find forever families for older children, children with developmental disabilities, and sibling groups that need to stay together. These children are the "forgotten" in our society; but thanks to Children Awaiting Parents, there is hope for those young people who still need unconditional love and care.

I helped with their holiday gift campaign in 2010. I was amazed to learn that there are children as old as 18, 19, even 20 still looking for families, despite the difficulties they've had to face in their young lives. These are the real heroes in this story--young people who, despite everything, have open hearts and minds. Children Awaiting Parents helps connect these young heroes with forever families. And while the children await their new families, CAP helps ease the loneliness through initiatives like their holiday gift campaign.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I saw pictures of the children--mostly older teens--opening their holiday gifts for the 2010 season. To have just one person believe in you--even for only a day--can make a world of difference. There are no real words to describe the hardship these young people have faced. To see them open a pair of snowboarding boots or unwrap a new bed-set--things that typically children receive from their parents--was like seeing the face of a person eating ice cream for the first time. Total elation, gratitude and joy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase communication with the community; I lived less than 10 miles away for close to 20 years and never knew they existed. That's a lot of lost opportunity. Part of the difficulty for CAP is funding. It's hard to run advertising campaigns when dollars aren't there. This is an organization worthy of greater recognition; though there was a Hollywood fundraiser (w/ Hilary Swank) in February 2010, there was no major press about it. This organization needs marketing and PR volunteers to help spread the word.

Rating: 5 stars  

The CAP organization is the first place that I stumbled upon as our family began its' adoption journey. We poured over their materials, and the CAP "Book" (it was hardcover back then) looking to find our children. It was our blessing to be able to adopt 4 children, 3 of them special needs- including FAS, Coacine prenatal exposure, CL/CP, ADHD and a whole lots of other letters! The opening of that door for our family was a direct result of our first exposure to the world of adoption- the CAP people. This organization does SO much for those who we should cherish and nuture the most in our society- our children. They give a powerful voice to these kiddos, and are their greatest advocates.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their ability to provide the strength and information to prospective parents. That is why I have 4 children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more funding for what they do. Our children are our most precious treasures- and the children that CAP advocates for are in need of and deserve whatever help we can give them.

Rating: 5 stars  

I've known about cap for around twnety years due to being friends (best friend)with some of the Soule kids. When I was younger the word adopted or foster where bad word. then I met Cory Soule and for me that all changed. Now fast forward 14 years being gay and haveing my own biological kids(that will have nothing to do with me because of my sexual preferance)I knew something was missing form our live(MAtt and I) so one FAther'sday I told Matt that there is only one thing missing from our live and that is a child. A child that is both his and mine. So then we started the prosses and thanks to CAP who introduced uxs to our son James. Now we are one big happy family. Our adoption was Finalized on OCtober 27,2010 almost two years but he was worth it. Thanks CAP you will always be a part of our lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personaly seen what CAP is about . How they are for the kids and how they would move Heavin and earth to help a child find a forever family

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it an adoption agency so that alot more kids could find a home

Rating: 5 stars  

Having had professional experience in the business and non-profit sectors I have high expectations. CAP consistently exceeded my expectations.
People who are trying to adopt meet many hurdles in the overall system.
Most times our calls are never returned. Very few friendly voices.
Follow through is rare.
Then there is CAP. Friendly voices answer the phone with fast access to staff. Their staff is exemplary in assisting potential parents. I have had working relationships with all levels of CAP and I can easily say I am impressed which for me is saying a lot.
I plan on continuing financially supporting CAP
CAP is a real favorite of mine.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My child was a CAP child. Presently working with CAP to adopt another child.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

At present time none.

Rating: 5 stars  

CAP is an organization filled with great people on a mission to serve children whose adoption needs are great. It has been a pleasure to work with this dedicated group on fundraising projects. The Family Walk, held in September, is always lots of fun and is a wonderful way for families to come together for a terrific event. Volunteers are always welcome.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The generous donations of others is heartwarming.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would get more people involved, such as local businesses, to help with donations.

Rating: 4 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

For many years, our Division at work has supported those less fortunate, particularly at the holidays. For the past two years, we have supported a number of children from Children Awaiting Parents at the holidays. Our thought being that the holidays are about children and families. Typically, this can be a particularly difficult time of the year for these children whose ultimate "gift" would be that they be adopted by a "forever family".

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the pictures and notes we've received from the children we have been able to support.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...ensure that it has a presence throughout the community and beyond and that many more people knew about the organization and the wonderful work that they do.

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