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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth

Mission: Humanitarian support

Programs: Support for orphans and adoptees in the demogratic republic of congo including material support and legal counsel for families adopting congolese orphans.

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Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

MelanieWhite

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OFA has assisted nearly 100 families in adopting children from the Democratic Republic of Congo and now is working to help the many children who will not be adopted. They are building schools and providing clothing, food, diapers, formula, and access to medical care to orphans in several orphanages throughout DRC. OFA is 100% run by volunteers and every penny raised goes directly to the children -- no offices, no advertising budget, no staff salaries. It is truly a great organization and one that I am happy to support with my time and money.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our son through OFA in 2008. At the time, OPFA was quite small, and Daniel was the 7th child whose adoption was facilitated by Jilma and OFA. Jilma is an amazing, tireless force for the children of Congo, who has the best interests of the children and country above all else. While traveling with her, I watched in awe as she faced down bureaucratic obstacles and dificult personalities with grace and iron will. OFA continues to be the charity we choose to support first and most because we believe so entirely in the work that they are doing and in the tireless efforts of Jilma and her posse of volunteers.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Family Adoptions is a great humanitarian organization. They are ran by volunteers only and have no paid staff what so ever. The volunteers work to provide food, medicine and clothing for the orphans of DRC. As a volunteer we are willing to beg anyone and everyone for money donations for these orphaned children. We want to raise awareness about this forgotten war torn country with more than 5 millioned orphan children and keep children from dying. Yes, I believe in the power of people and OFA volunteers are great people helping more great people, the Congolese children in DRC.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2007 OFA helped us bring home our daughter from DR Congo. In 2009, they helped us bring home our son. Their ethics and high standards are evident in all that they do. We were so impressed with them that I happily accepted their invitation to join the board of directors. OFA has gone above and beyond in their mission to help the orphans of DRC. The director works tirelessly to do all that she can to bring assistance to these orphans. OFA has provided food, families, medical assistance and more for these children.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OFA facilitated the adoption of our third son. This was our third adoption in Africa. The difference between this adoption and our previous adoptions is the opportunity and passion imparted to stay involved and care for the children we left behind. As travelers we were encouraged to carry as little personal items as possible. We loaded our bags with baby formula and clothing for the children in the orphanages. My heart breaks daily for those kids and I am so thankful for the opportunity to work now as a volunteer for this organization--hopefully raising funds for OFA for many years to come and returning to DRC. This is an amazing group of tireless volunteers shepherding nervous families through the miraculous experience of adoption--and then on to the role as advocate and volunteer.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OFA is an amazing organization. My husband and I adopted a son and a daughter with OFA's help. All of the volunteers we worked with were professional, compassionate, prompt, and willing to go way above and beyond to help us. I cannot say enough positive things about OFA. I am committed to doing all I can to help OFA care for the orphans left behind in Congo. They are doing amazing work and I want to be part of it!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I adopted our son through OFA back in November and are in the process of adopting our daughter as well. We have also run a formula drive that raised over 100lbs of powder formula for the orphanages in Kinshasa, helped to provide and cover educational materials for older children, and contributed to the purchase of beans, rice, and fish to another orphanage. We have been so blessed to be a part of OFA over the past year and look forward to working with them for many years to come.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OFA has opened my eyes to the suffering of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While traveling to pick up my newly adopted son, I had to opportunity to visit and serve in several orphanages within the country.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OFA is a one of a kind humanitarian organization that is lead by a wonderful women named Jilma Meneses. Jilma has been a volunteer for this organization for more than 10 years and has worked tirelessly for the people of DRC by supplying food, medicine, supplies and hope. Jilma has spread the word of the plight of the people in the Democratic Republic of Congo around the world and has drawn volunteers from all across the United States to help in her fight to save lives. While the #1 goal of OFA is to support multiple orphanages Jilma has helped many chldren find loving homes including our 2 that will be home later this spring. If Jilma had not worked so hard to help these children they most certainly would have died horrible deaths of starvation and disease. OFA has the highest standards of practice and holds to a strict code of conduct to show upmost respect to the Congolese people and their goverment. Jilma Meneses is a true HERO to me and the world.

Cristy Ford
Paoli, IN

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I used Our Family Adoptions to facilitate the adoption of our youngest child. Though this experience, we have been blessed to be a part of the OFA family. OFA is a network of volunteers working to bless the lives or disadvantaged orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo. To date, they have delivered thousands of pound of formula, completed building projects, provided clean water, clothing, school scholarships and medication to hundreds of children.

We are so proud to be associated with this wonderful organization and would recommend them to anyone.

Review from Guidestar