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– Why we recommend working with David Avilla of Advocate for Orphans

One family’s recommendation of why working with David Avilla of Advocate for Orphans was a positive and successful venture!


I will be leaving for the airport in about 2 hours to collect my wife and my daughter – freshly arrived from Ukraine. Our adoption is complete. There have been some very stressful moments in this process, and I am grateful for the assistance, support, and friendship from David throughout this process. David is a critical factor in our success in this process, helping us meet the requirements to host, introducing us to our daughter-to-be, providing on-tap translators, helping with the paperwork and catching my errors before I shipped the crucial dossier to Ukraine, and most importantly praying with me and for me during the process, especially at crucial junctions when I started to panic.

From a tactical perspective, the paperwork and process are an extremely complicated and detailed part of the adoption journey. Any slip-up here could have made days or weeks difference in when we could get our daughter. David’s pre-packaged and tested document repository really made the complicated paperwork process as easy as it can possibly be. Every step breezed through without a single glitch in paperwork. Each document was the correct document and accurate verbiage as a result of David’s experience with this process. By following his directions, we had the right thing to the right social worker, fingerprinter, translator, courier, and/or government office, foreign and domestic, on time and in the right sequence.

The overseas team was a life-saver in Ukraine. Our job was to be where we were told to be when we were told to be there – the coordination of the complicated visits to SDA, local inspectors, notary bureau, court, travel across Ukraine, orphanage, etc. was completely seamless and transparent to us. There were stressful moments, and the team did their best to calm and reassure a couple of very nervous parents-to-be that all was well and on target. We did observe another family in Ukraine (they had been there for two months already), and it was obvious that they were not as well chaperoned, and that it was not as “easy”. From day one in Ukraine to completion was 29 days for us – over three months for the other family. With several lives (ours and our daughter’s) hanging on the success of this process, it was extremely comforting to have the support of a team that had such a wealth of experience guiding other families through this journey. In the end, everything occurred exactly as predicted – the process for us was accurate down to the minute as explained to us before we traveled to Ukraine. The in-country support was invaluable.

All this coordination by David, from home study team to overseas team, simplified and condensed the process of bringing our child home.

Our eternal gratitude and thanks to all for their assistance in bringing our daughter home. We have been very blessed by this team. “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead”. David – thank you for your actions. I know the Lord takes delight in you and crowns you with salvation.

Jeff Stilwell

November 14, 2009

– Barack Obama’s National Adoption Month Proclamation

Join Advocate for Orphans in celebrating National Adoption Month during November 2009!  Below is the text of President Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation which champions our cause to encourage “…individuals… from all walks of life…” to commit “to love a child who is in need of the protective arms of a parent…”  This echoes Advocate for Orphans International’s mission – David Avilla, Executive Director



Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

October 30, 2009 

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All children deserve a safe, loving family to protect and care for them. In America, thousands of young people are waiting for that opportunity. During National Adoption Month, we honor those families that have strengthened America through adoption, and we recommit to reducing the number of children awaiting adoption into loving families.

America is a country rich in resources and filled with countless caring men and women who hope to adopt. These individuals come from all walks of life, united in their commitment to love a child who is in need of the protective arms of a parent. We must do more to ensure that adoption is a viable option for them. By continually opening up the doors to adoption, and supporting full equality in adoption laws for all American families, we allow more children to find the permanent homes they yearn for and deserve.

This month, we also focus on children in foster care. These children are not in the system by their own choosing, but are forced into it by unfortunate or tragic circumstances. These young people have specific needs and require unique support. Federal, State, and local governments, communities, and individuals all have a role to play in ensuring that foster children have the resources and encouragement they need to realize their hopes and dreams.

The course of our future will depend on what we do to help the next generation of Americans succeed. This month, we celebrate those families brought together by adoption and renew our commitments to children in the foster care system.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2009 as National Adoption Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by reaching out to support and honor adoptive families, as well as to participate actively in efforts to find permanent homes for waiting children.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.


– Our Thanks

Thank you for visiting our new Advocate for Orphans website!  We appreciate your support as we work together to ease the plight of the orphan and halt the oppression of the innocent.  Together we can make the difference.

David Avilla

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.”  Psalm 68:5


“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Romans 12:21

– FACT: Advocate for Orphans International, was a Registered California Adoption Facilitator in 2009-2010

 “Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.”

Abraham Lincoln


David Avilla, Executive Director of Advocate for Orphans was an approved member of the Registry of California Adoption Facilitators in 2009-2010 and is not considered an adoption agency.  This registry was passed by lawmakers in 2006 and was funded to commence operations in 2008.  As the focus of Advocate for Orphans orphan work changed in late 2010, it was determined that they no longer fit the profile of a facilitator in the State of California.  This is the reason that they are currently not in this registry.

Advocate for Orphans seeks to express God’s care toward Ukrainian orphans by coordinating two to three week “American Culture Camps” for under-privileged Ukrainian children.  Most of the children are able to be adopted and many will meet families who will want to share their love and lives as permanent family members.  Our quarterly programs will provide the beginning of that adventure!

“Laws just or unjust may govern men’s actions. Tyrannies may restrain or regulate their words. The machinery of propaganda may pack their minds with falsehood and deny them truth for many generations of time. But the soul of man thus held in trance or frozen in a long night can be awakened by a spark coming from God knows where and in a moment the whole structure of lies and oppression is on trial for its life.”

Winston Churchill

– Advocate for Orphans International “…saving the world by saving one person at a time.”


“You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time.” 

 Charles Bukowski


“We found ourselves in early 2006 – happy, healthy, and feeling much too blessed.  We knew we had the money, the time and, most importantly, the love to give to additional children…”  read more!


Advocate for Orphans seeks to express God’s care toward Ukrainian orphans by coordinating two to three week “American Culture Camps” for under-privileged Ukrainian children.  Most of the children are able to be adopted and many will meet families who will want to share their love and lives as permanent family members.  Our quarterly programs will provide the beginning of that adventure!


Advocate for Orphans is currently planning for three groups of Ukrainian orphans to visit the U.S. – arriving in the last week of December 2009.  For program locations and other information, please click here or contact David Avilla, Executive Director at


David Avilla, Executive Director of Advocate for Orphans is an approved member of the Registry of California Adoption Facilitators and is not considered an adoption agency.  This registry was passed by lawmakers in 2006 and was funded to commence operations in 2008.


“Individuals can resist injustice, but only a community can do justice.”

Jim Corbett

– Adopting Maria

by Christine Niles

In early summer of 2007, we traveled to Ukraine to adopt a 12-year old girl named Maria.  Throughout this process, we always maintained the philosophy of “prepare for the worst and pray for the best,” and God has been faithful to us and has rewarded us richly.

Maria is our first child and, in the last 18 months, our lives have changed dramatically.  We are continually amazed by her ability to adapt to a new culture and language, to succeed in public school, and to build new friendships with her peers.

Each step we take in faith and each challenge in which we allow God to work have proven that Maria was meant to be our daughter, and that our little family is truly blessed.

Many of these children have experienced things in their short lives that we could never even imagine.  Hunger, abandonment, crime, abuse, and the loss of loved ones are common realities.  Each one of them deserves a chance to heal and to experience the unconditional love of a family.

The Niles Family participated in Advocate for Orphans 2006 Program.

– Adopting Khrystyna and Amina

by Lisa Thompson


The Sunday after we applied to host a child, the Sunday School class that we visited studied James 1:27.

“Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.”

It certainly gave me something to think about.  In August 2006, Khrystyna came to Fort Wayne as part of a program that brings orphans to America for a vacation, with the hopes of connecting them to a “forever family.”  She spent 3 weeks in our home and by the time she left, we knew that God was calling us to pursue adopting her.

Our next 6 months were spent fulfilling the necessary documents to adopt in Ukraine and trying to come up with the money necessary to adopt.  We were so blessed to have family and friends who participated in our adoption process both prayerfully and financially.  During the process, we prayed that God would make His will clear to us.  We prayed about the possibility of adopting a second child and, through some amazing circumstances, we felt God leading us in that direction.  Unfortunately, we were looking to adopt a 5 to 7 year old girl and the orphanage did not have any who were available for adoption.  I felt like God was closing the door on a sibling for Khrystyna, but God had other plans.

When we arrived at the orphanage in May 2007, the orphanage director informed us that she had the perfect sister for Khrystyna – an 11 year old named Amina.  We were a little hesitant to adopt a child who would soon turn 12 and with whom we hadn’t spent extensive time, but during the time we spent with her over the next few days, we really felt like she was supposed to be part of our family.  Even now, we are amazed at how God in His sovereignty matched us with the perfect children for our family.  We have our struggles just like every other family, but the evidence of God’s grace is so apparent in the midst of our struggles.

There are many ways to be involved in caring for orphans besides adopting.  If God has blessed you financially, consider helping a family who wants to adopt but lacks the resources.  We would not have been able to adopt our girls if not for people who partnered with us in this way.  If you have construction skills, consider a missions trip to an orphanage to raise the quality of living conditions.  Although people often comment on how blessed our kids are to have been adopted, we have been more blessed to have them entrusted to us.  What a privilege it is to parent our dear girls.

The Thompson’s participated in Advocate for Orphans 2006 Program.