Cultural exchange adoption program

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FISHER, Ill. (WCIA) — 27 orphans from South America were brought to Central Illinois to be adopted.

They came here through a organization called In His Hands Orphans Outreach. They take in kids from other countries and help them find a family in the U.S. They say 90% of kids in their program get adopted. In His Hands partners with an adoption agency and, in eight years, they’ve found families for more than 100 children. 

The Cender family’s backyard is filled with children from across the world. 

Chris Cender says, “When we bring kiddos over and they connect with forever families it’s just magic.”

But behind their smiles and laughter lies a deeper story.

Cender says, “They’re with no family support in an impoverished situation. Things become desperate.” 

The Cenders are hosting three sisters while they look for a new family. These girls, along with 24 other kids without families came to the U.S. from Columbia. In His Hands builds orphanages across the world and connects them to families here. 

David Cender says, “Once you get to know the kids you fall in love with them.”

It’s a feeling this couple has experienced before. Five years ago, they hosted two siblings from the program.

Cender says, “The mother left and their father was involved in drugs in the Manila area. He went to prison and died in prison. So they had nobody at all.” 

So the Cenders became their new family. 

“After adopting our children we realized what a difference it made in these kiddos’ lives.” 

Ever since then, they’ve invited orphans into their home through the outreach program.

“We wanted to do this. We wanted to try to promote having kids being able to have homes and have a family. That’s all these kids really want.” 

The 27 children are only here for a month, then they go back home. In that time, they meet with families who may want to adopt.

Chris Cender says, “This would change their life forever.”

The organization can’t release the exact number yet but, of those 27 kids, some have started the adoption process. In His Hands will have a picnic where people who are in interested in adoption can meet all the children.

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In His Hands Adoption Picnic
Saturday, August 11
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Cowden Community Park 

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