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Adopt an Indian Child through Sponsorship

While you are figuring out the complicated and expensive process of adopting a child, delight in the joys of sponsoring an orphan in India today. Our sponsors feel so connected to their sponsored children they often call them their “adopted child.”

When you sponsor-adopt you receive at least one photo, one letter, one drawing and one progress report from your child every year.

You also receive updates and photos about the orphanage where your child lives.

“The children write lovely letters and are so appreciative to have this chance in life. The staff is like family that can easily be contacted by email or a phone call. Because of World’s Children, many with little hope find a caring place in which to grow and learn.”

Jim and Marsha, sponsoring since 1979


  • I want to adopt a child, but it seems hard. What does sponsor-adopt mean?

    Adoption is complicated, expensive and takes time.
    Sponsorship is simple and immediate.

    Complications of Adoption
    International adoption seems to be getting more difficult all the time. To adopt a child in India costs approximately $25,000-$35,000 and takes 2-4 years, according to Holt International, an adoption agency in Eugene, Oregon. Before pursuing international adoption, India first strives to place children with domestic adoptive families or non-resident Indian families — giving the child an opportunity to grow up in the culture and/or country of their birth. Most children adopted internationally from India are at least 2 years old at the time of placement and they have minor to moderate special needs.

    The adoptive parents must also meet stringent requirements. They must prove they are financially capable; physically, mentally and emotionally stable and without any life-threatening conditions. Families cannot have more than three children already in the home.

    The process for adopting (Hague Adoption Convention guidelines)

    1. Choose an adoption service provider
    2. Apply to be found eligible to adopt
    3. Be matched with a child
    4. Apply for the child to be found eligible for adoption
    5. Adopt the child (or gain legal custody) in India
    6. Bring your child home

    It’s Easy to Sponsor-Adopt
    When you sponsor with World’s Children, you will help a child that has lost one or both parents and must live in an orphanage. This is where we are different from many other sponsorship organizations that help the communities where children live. You help a specific child who needs you.

    Many World’s Children sponsors stay with their child from the time when they are young until they finish college or vocational training. The sponsors frequently refer to their child as “their adopted child.” We make the sponsorship experience as personal as possible. We are a big family. Sponsors find the experience of sponsorship to be extremely rewarding. For your child, it is life changing. Your child will cherish you forever. Some sponsors even go to India and visit their sponsored children in person.

    Many of our sponsors have adopted or provided foster care to children. Some have been adopted themselves. They are the kind of folks who make great child sponsors. If you care deeply about abandoned children, you will make a perfect sponsor. You will love sponsoring too!

  • How is my sponsorship donation used?

    World’s Children is committed to honoring your stated preferences for sponsorship donations. In some circumstances, such as an unforeseen change in a partner organization, your contribution will be used for the greatest need of vulnerable children living in poverty.

    Click for more sponsorship FAQ’s

Still Need Help?

If you have more questions, or if you’d like to delve further into the sponsorship program, we’d love to talk with you!

Loretta Worthington, Board Member

Loretta Worthington

Loretta Worthington

Board Member

Loretta met David Purviance on a chance trip in 2006, while seeking to be of service to the vulnerable children in India.  Since then, Loretta has been a longtime supporter of World’s Children as a donor, sponsor, and previous Board member.  She had the wonderful opportunity to return to India twice to visit several World’s Children orphanages, and even identified the Happy Home orphanage and petitioned to bring it into the WC family. Loretta raised funds to build a well at Happy Home, where it now has clean water for all the children and staff.

Loretta currently works with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services as the Program Manager for the six Medical Hubs – the child abuse evaluation clinics for the County. She also serves as the Program Manager for the County’s Gender Health Program, serving patients seeking gender-affirming care in a safe environment.  Before her work with Los Angeles County, Loretta spent many years serving non-profit organizations in CA and in MN, her last as the Executive Director of a statewide non-profit in MN. She has a long history of volunteer work including Board Member and Board Chair service, grant writing and fundraising experience, program development, and creative leadership, all serving our most vulnerable and disenfranchised populations.

Loretta holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.  She lives in Los Angeles County with her partner, Myck, and their rescue kitties, Scooter and Thunder.

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