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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth

Mission: Partner with families and the community to provide opportunity & hope to children of all ages in the democratic republic of congo.

Programs: Kaziba orphanage in eastern congo funds buy food, water, other supplies, and pay the salaries of those who work to nuture & raise the children

salisa bana school - pays for 237 children to attend and purchase school supplies.

feed the children provides ready to use therapeutic food for children suffering from chronic malnourishemnt.

fides orphanage

Community Stories

35 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.

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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.

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Cami M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our Family Adoptions does SO much more than help families adopt from DRC. They are keeping hundreds of children alive in Congo. They are supporting orphans with food, shelter, education and LOVE. When families travel, they deliver much needed supplies. I know for sure that baby formula is hard to find in Kinshasa. Orphan babies will die without it. Delivering food and formula is critical in helping these children grow up healthy and strong so they may realize their potential and strength. OFA is truly a remarkable organization for their work, their volunteers and their mission.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OFA means HOPE for everybody it touches: for the children that will go home to loving families; for the families who have found that child they've yearned to love; and for the countless Congolese children living their childhoods in orphanages that OFA strives to support. This group of 100% volunteers puts improving the lives of children absolutely first. I chose this group to help facilitate our adoption because working ethically, transparently, and with sensitivity to the Congolese people are their priorities. Adopting a child through OFA means establishing a life-long relationship with volunteers who will continue to work to provide orphaned children with food, medical care, shelter, clothing and, most importantly, hope.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

OFA helped my family bring our daughter home in November 2010. Without their help we would have been lost in the red tape required for international adoption. The contacts OFA had in the DRC helped tremendously while my husband was in-country.

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OFA's primary mission of raising awareness about orphans in the DRC and their support of orphans both in DRC and in the US represents the best in human nature. Learning more about the DRC and the political and social conditions where the orphans live as well as meeting the women who run the orphanages in DRC has changed my outlook and the way I see my future on this planet.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OFA is an unsung hero in the fight to change this world. The volunteers of this organization are touching the lives of hundreds of orphaned children, in some cases enabling them to leave the life of sorrows in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. My wife and I are priveledged to be served by this organization and to be serving with them. Some time in the next few months we will receive a phone call that it is time for us to jump on a plane, fly to Africa, and pick up our SON. Excitement doesn't even begin to explain our joy right now. As for the orphans left behind: OFA and people like my familiy, will continue to support, finance, and give our lives as we can to provide for the orphan children of the DRC and to carve a chance for them to succeed in this world. Thank you OFA for all that you do! Thank you God for this GREAT organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We greatly appreciate and support the work the team at Our Family Adoptions does for the children and families of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their heart for some of the neediest of God's children is evident for all to see and helps make them a top-tier adoption organization. Keep up the outstanding work and we'll keep you in our prayers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OFA helped us bring home our daughter from DRC in April 2010. We have also volunteered for the organization as an escort for other adoptive families. OFA"s passion for helping the kids of DRC is evident in everything they do. They help families through the adoption process, raise awareness of the plight of orphans in DRC, and coordinate the donation of many needed items such as baby formula. Our family values the work that OFA does and we have been continually impressed with their integrity and dedication to the mission of helping children in DRC>

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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.

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Emmy H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OFA is the most competent, caring, and professional group of people I have ever worked with. I have been so impressed with the quick, informative, and thoughtful responses to all of my questions and concerns during the adoption process. It is so inspiring that they are all volunteers! Wow!!! This organization is proof that just a handful of passionate and purposeful people really can change the world for the better.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have donated to this wonderful organization on numerous occasions. Because of the great work of this dedicated group of volunteers we were able to add 2 precious grandchildren to our family. Our daughter and son-in-law worked with OFA to adopt 2 orphans last fall. OFA is amazing!!!! There were many hurdles and roadblocks but the OFA staff was able to help our kids overcome all the setbacks and bring their babies home. We can't say enough good things about this organization. What they do for orphans left behind in the Congo is truly amazing. They are the most worthy non-profit we have ever given money to.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered OFA several months ago while researching international adoptions, and was so impressed with their efforts to support the orphans of DRC that I jumped at the chance to volunteer with them. They are one of the very few organizations that facilitate adoptions on a volunteer basis, and it demonstrates perfectly their heart for the orphans and their desire that every cent go to lifesaving formula, food, and medical care for the orphans left behind.

Now, I feel blessed to call OFA the facilitator for the adoption of our son from DRC. The director and volunteer staff are extremely thorough, honest, and helpful, with huge hearts and pure motives. They are truly making a difference in the Congo, and I'm proud to be a part of it.

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Shawny L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OFA has been helping facilitate the adoption of my child for the past 10 months. During that time I've been in contact with a few of the volunteers and each has been wonderful. They genuinely care about the children of Congo and their well being. I feel proud to be associated with them. They set realistic expectations instead of promising the world and I know that with their continued help we will be able to bring our daughter home very soon.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OFA is an all-volunteer organization that cares for orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They have facilitated almost one hundred adoptions from DRC as a way to raise awareness of the needs of the children there. OFA has provided the orphans food, medical care, education and many other necessities for a better life. We adopted our son last year with the help of OFA. He is such a blessing to our family, and our experience with this organization has opened up our hearts to the beautiful people in the DRC. We know that because of Our Family Adoptions, many lives are forever changed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OFA has been facilitating the adoption of our second son from Africa. They have been so hardworking and helpful, and we know that they are working because they care so much about helping orphans. They do more than assist adoptions- they are working to improve the lives of all the children they come in contact with- whether those children will find homes in the US or not. We have so much respect for their efforts.

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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.

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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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became aquainted with OFA through the adoption of my beautiful nephew. What an amazing orginazation. I have been amazed at the amount of dedication this group has to these orphans.

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We used OFA for the adoption of our third child. The experience was absolutely wonderful. It is completely run by volunteers and the director worked tirelessly on our behalf. I love the fact that OFA's primary goal is to help the orphans left behind in DRC and to that end, does not profit in any way from the adoption portion (or any part) of their program.

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Danielle O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OFA helped facilitate the adoption of our son Joshua in 2008. Jilma's passion for the children of DRC was evident from our 1st phone conversation. What makes OFA unique from other adoption agencies is that they are run by 100% volunteers! I can't imagine adopting again and not using OFA. Our process was gently and personally guided and I just know that no other agency could do what Jilma did and is doing for the children of DRC.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Family Adoptions is a wonderful organization that cares deeply about the people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While they do help families in the States adopt, their purpose and vision extend far past adoption. As an adoptive family, we have felt through the entire journey that OFA isn't after our money; they are after our heart. They want to see people love the Congo and desire to invest long-term in seeing sustainable change happen there through serving, giving to, and loving those with needs that far surpass our own. While we entered this process hoping to bring two children home, we are expectant that once our adoption is complete, our relationship with OFA and DRC will only be beginning.

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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.

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Amy C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The people at OFA are so positive and supportive, and their love for orphans permeates all that they do!

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Mary H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful part of being a part of OFA is that I don't know which line to click under "your role" - all clients are also volunteers. The ethos and practical outworking of OFA's mission is truly that of a family with many members with many gifts supporting one another.

My husband and I are in an adoption process which OFA is assisting us with. But, like the 50+ families who have adopted with OFA's assistance, we are committed to supporting orphans and those who care for them in the Congo (DRC).

We highly recommend OFA as an organization with true integrity, transparency, and commitment to making the very best of use of every $1 given.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Jilma and OFA assisted in the recent adoption of my son from Democratic Republic of Congo. I traveled with a group of 10 families to bring him home. We did a lot of humanitarian work while we were there, including taking formula, buying food and mattresses for orphanages and painting orphanages. The OFA family is committed to providing aid for the most vulnerable in Congo.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I are in the process of adopting a daughter from Democratic Republic of Congo, with guidance from OFA. Their dedication to the children of Congo is truly remarkable. Their assistance through the adoption process has been tremendously helpful. It's really been an amazing experience working with such wonderful, caring people. I'm looking forward to working with OFA more in the future.

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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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I brought home our two little boys from the DRC in November of 2009. Our Family Adoptions walked us through every step. OFA is a network of volunteers who volunteer so much time for the love of the children of the DRC.
They encouraged us strongly to travel to the DRC. So, we could see first hand of the atrocities that are happening there. While we were there, our volunteer escort helped us delivered 100# of formula, clothes, and food to several orphanages. They encourage us to continue to educate people about the DRC and raise money for the millions of orphans left behind.
I would recommend this organization as a wonderful place to make donations.

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Amy C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family is currently using OFA to help bring our daughter home from DRC. Their humanitarian efforts in DRC, as well as their assistance to us in securing documents and legal counsel has been priceless. They are an organization that is in this for the children of Congo. They have helped us learn more about our daughter country of birth. They have have raised our awareness with details of the how the orphanages work in DRC, and encouraged us to raise awareness of those around us.

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Brian

Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife and I adopted a son nearly two years ago. He and his mother were refugees travelling to safety when his mother died in central Democratic of Congo. There was no way for anyone to care for him. OFA arrainged to fly him to Kinshasa where he was cared for until we could travel to pick him up. There is no doubt that OFA saved my son's life. I was so impressed with this organization that I asked to join the board. In the last two years we have seen OFA feed, foster and adopt dozens of children to loving homes. My wife and I are now in the process of adopting two more boys from DRC.

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our work with Our Family Adoptions has changed our lives. This organization has opened our eyes to the beautiful, yet troubled country of the Democratic Republic of Congo. We have experienced firsthand the transformational power of meeting peoples basic needs. This organization is completely run by volunteers with integrity and passion for the needs of the DRC.

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