God has called us to passionately serve the world’s forgotten children through life-changing ministries.
Who We Are
We are the voice of the forgotten children in Guatemala. Caring for the children of Dorie’s Promise is our passion. Forever Changed International (FCI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Camas, Washington. FCI owns and operates Dorie’s Promise Orphan Care Home located in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Our Guatemala-based team cares for the children residing at Dorie’s Promise, while our US-based team manages the administrative and fundraising functions of our organization. Together, our gifts create the home our children need. We share one mission—to provide the best care possible for every child who enters our home.
Unaware of what she was about to experience, Our Founder, Heather Radu left home at the age of 18 to begin studying abroad in Europe. During a side trip to Romania, she made her first visit to an orphanage. Seeing the suffering children of that war-torn country changed her. Rows of cribs held infants who cried incessantly for someone to hold them.
Meet our Amazing Team!
Founder, Board Member, Executive Director
Heather is the force behind Forever Changed International. As a young woman visiting orphanages in Eastern Europe, she knew there must be a better way. Decades later, she still believes all children deserve a loving family and is determined to provide our children with opportunities. In her spare time, you can find Heather enjoying the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest with her family.
Naomi is the energy behind our mission trips. Combining her detail-oriented personality, love for children, and fun spirit, she coordinates our visiting teams. She’s a firm believer that Guatemala doesn’t become real until you experience it. In her spare time, you’ll find Naomi enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two sons or taking in a Portland Trail Blazers game.
Marketing & Development Director
Kelly is the one who connects us. She bridges the gap between Guatemalan stories the world needs to hear and those who have a heart to help. Her first trip to Dorie’s Promise in 2011 quickly led to more in increasing frequency. She strives to connect us to the great work God is already at home and abroad. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys hanging out with her husband and 3 kids on their family farm.
Director, Dorie’s Promise Guatemala
Alejandra is the heart of Dorie’s Promise. Many years ago while accompanying a confused and frightened young girl to court, she instinctively knelt down and hugged the child. Immediately, the little girl hugged her back. This is Alejandra. She is the embodiment of someone who leads by faith through love. Alejandra enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, reading, and helping her church.
Dr. Francisco Castro
Having dedicated his career to Pediatrics, Doc now focuses on caring for the most vulnerable who do not have access to medical care. Our children are blessed by his loving care. In additional to his work at Dorie’s Promise, he also helps provide medical care in several rural villages and is our coffee guy. If you meet him, he’ll be sure to tell you about his coffee—it’s the second best in the world!
Community Outreach Director
Managing our projects and relationships with local leaders is Bertha’s specialty. Thanks to her extensive experience in community development, she understands the best ways to extend dignity and avoid dependency. Community members welcome her compassion and concern, while teams appreciate her organization and leadership. Plus, she’s not afraid to mix concrete or climb a roof!
Ana Maria Davila
For more than a decade, Ana Maria has focused on mental lovingly cares for our children’s mental and emotional health. Day by day, she is always amazed by the healing she witnesses and the resilience embedded in their spirit. For more than a decade, her efforts have focused on mental health resources for children. Away from Dorie’s Promise, she also provides care in rural Mayan communities. In her spare time, you’ll find her reading, writing, or playing tennis with her husband.
Like her mother, Jessica was first trained as a teacher. After completing her law degree, Jessica shifted to become our Legal Assistant and now dedicates her skills to defend the rights of the children in our care. Her passion is family, whether her own or our children. Away from Dorie’s Promise, you can find her spending time with her family, doing craft projects, hanging out with friends, or cooking amazing meals.
During the 1990s, Barb and her husband Tom adopted three children with the help of Heather Radu. Since the beginning, Barb has been a supporter of FCI and continues to help guide our work today as a board member. She wants people to know that Dorie’s Promise is different. Barb and her husband are happily retired and enjoy splitting their time between Washington and Hawaii.
Being able to spend time with Dorie Van Stone deeply influenced Cari. Dorie’s resiliency and God’s provision during her difficult childhood taught Cari how to love orphans. One of Cari’s favorite memories is capturing one-year-old Lester’s first smile on camera. When not working as an Osteopathic Family Physician in West Virginia, Cari enjoys gardening, painting, and photography.
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