Author: Kelly Shank

Feliz Navidad from the children and staff at Dorie’s Promise. With 40 kids in our home, Christmas is a big deal. There’s lots of shopping to do, gifts to wrap, activities to attend, and special meals to make. In the midst of our Christmas preparation, one thing remains the same each year: we’re committed to celebrating the promises of Christmas and giving our children the opportunity...

For more than a decade, Doc has served as the loving guardian of our children’s health. His care and guidance transform the physical health and lives of our kids. As our children reach adolescence, Doc’s healthcare focus is expanding to ensure our children are prepared to become healthy adults. Celebrating a healthy home Sometimes we take for granted just how lucky we are to have a home...

As we go throughout our normal routines, sometimes we forget how much change we’ve experienced during our time serving in Guatemala. Especially after we transitioned to orphan care, the amount of change witnessed in the lives of the children in our home increased exponentially. No longer temporary caregivers, we are now a family raising amazing children. In February 2009, 7-year-old Aracely carried her infant brother into...

Have you ever wondered why we call the ladies who work in our homes “Special Mothers”? They are special, and most are mothers, but there is something more to these women. It takes a very special person to care for someone else’s children as if they are your own, and that is what the Special Mothers do for our children. These very special women work alternating...

As we approach the holiday season, we want to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported Forever Changed International and the children of Dorie’s Promise in 2018. We are very aware that everything we do relies on our donors and supporters. Without you, we could not provide the loving home our children enjoy or offer support to struggling families throughout Guatemala. To the 854...

Two decades of work in Guatemala has taught us the complexity of orphan care and family preservation. Seeing the immediate and real needs of young women and children in 2000 brought us to Guatemala, but understanding the many social realities of orphan care kept us here and expanded our work. Through our continued work and presence, we foster opportunities for the redemption of precious lives...

Two decades of work in Guatemala has taught us the complexity of orphan care and family preservation. Seeing the immediate and real needs of young women and children in 2000 brought us to Guatemala, but understanding the many social realities of orphan care kept us here and expanded our work. Through our continued work and presence, we foster opportunities for the redemption of precious lives...

Two decades of work in Guatemala has taught us the complexity of orphan care and family preservation. Seeing the immediate and real needs of young women and children in 2000 brought us to Guatemala, but understanding the many social realities of orphan care kept us here and expanded our work. Through our continued work and presence, we foster opportunities for the redemption of precious lives...

Two decades of work in Guatemala has taught us the complexity of orphan care and family preservation. Seeing the immediate and real needs of young women and children in 2000 brought us to Guatemala, but understanding the many social realities of orphan care kept us here and expanded our work. Through our continued work and presence, we foster opportunities for the redemption of precious lives...

For 3 weeks every summer board member Cinda Rachor takes over Dorie’s Promise with teams of teenagers from her hometown in Michigan. Our guest houses become a hive of energy and excitement. Originally finding Dorie’s Promise during their adoption* journey, the Rachor family connected with our staff and children during frequent visits with their daughter over a 7 year period. Within a few years, the time...