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Miracle Foundation is making every effort to bring children back home to their families. Sana, one of our Program Coordinators, has been associated with Miracle Foundation since 2017. During one of my recent chats with her, Sana expressed her happiness on seeing children under our care get reunited with their families; being loved and protected. However, a part of Sana is also concerned about the need to protect children living in unregulated children’s homes, on streets and in situations where they need help. Sana hopes and wishes that our goal of bringing 8 million children back to families is enabled by all, no matter where they are and what profession they belong to.

Our team on-ground is making every possible effort to ensure that each child under our care is reunited with their birth family. But they are also being responsible and thinking large about making a difference in the lives of other children in need. And that is what we call, thoughts beyond miracles!

If you also feel that ‘every child’ needs to be protected, loved and kept safe, then join the movement > Join the movement.

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Nine years ago, Daksh, a young boy from a rural village in India, was placed in an orphanage trained by Miracle Foundation. Daksh was only 8 years old when his single mother had to make the impossible decision of giving her child away to the orphanage. Why would any mother give her child away? The answer begins and ends at poverty: lack of resources and enough money to care for her child.

Danksh’s mother felt that giving her son away was the right decision. She thought doing so would help him get good food, education and medical care. Isn’t this what every parent wants for their child? Parents put their children’s needs before their own out of a beautiful, selfless love.

It is heart-wrenching for parents to give their children away. And it was tragic that, for all these years, Daksh had to grow up at the orphanage despite knowing that he had a mother who loved him immensely. While at the orphanage, Daksh always hoped to live with his mother, but feared that choosing to go home would mean he wouldn’t get enough support for his education.

At Miracle Foundation, we have always believed that every child has the right to live with a family and that no child should grow up without one. That is why, last year, Miracle Foundation’s team worked with the orphanage, Daksh, and his mother to understand their concerns and needs. Our team guided them on availing the government resources available to them in their local community. And guess what! With complete planning and preparation, Daksh was reunified with his mother at last.

We’re proud to share that today, Daksh is very happy and excited to be back home with his mother. When we asked him what the best part about living with his mother is, he said, “I feel loved and happy. I feel fresh and active. I do understand my mother’s problems and challenges. I am learning how to live in the outside world.”

At Miracle Foundation, we know that family is one true bond that can take over the world no matter what the challenges are.

Join the movement.

Photo by Lynne Dobson

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In 2010, Nakul lost both of his parents and was placed in an orphanage. While living in the orphanage, Nakul was usually cheerful and playful. He loved to play Tabla, an Indian drum. But he longed for a family… to belong.

Fortunately, before Nakul could give up hope for getting adopted, Nakul’s adoption paperwork came through! In February of 2017, Nakul was placed with a safe, loving adoptive family. A family he could call his own.

Since then, we have regularly followed up with Nakul and his parents. Today, Nakul is happy and thriving. Every day when his father arrives home from work, Nakul runs to greet him with a big hug. Nakul’s favorite thing about being with a family is the special attention and love he gets from his parents.

Isn’t this what childhood is all about? At age 2 or 12, a child’s need for love and acceptance always remains the same. That’s why we work toward a world where every child has a family.

Join the movement > Get Involved

Photo by James + Jackie Reed

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The generous folks at UPLIFT Desk recently gifted 10 standing desks to Miracle Foundation!

The standing desks are incredible, keeping us energized, healthy and feeling great throughout the day. No matter when you stop by Miracle Foundation’s office, you’re bound to see a handful of staff members standing while working. With these desks, we’re more ready than ever to take a stand for children and achieve our goal: A family for every child.

Thanks UPLIFT Desk for (literally) helping us rise to any occasion! You rock.

Are you ready to be more healthy and feel more energized? Check out UPLIFT Desk’s products here.

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Companies around the world are getting in the business of making miracles with Miracle Foundation. You can, too! In fact, creating a corporate culture of giving attracts new talent and consumers are willing to pay a premium for products and services from a company that advances social causes.

If your company is trying to change the world, email Dianne Holbrook at Dianne@MiracleFoundation.org.

Meet one of Miracle Foundation’s incredible corporate partners: Transnetyx. After meeting Founder Caroline Boudreaux, Transnetyx CEO Bob Bean decided to take action and get his company involved.

“What Miracle Foundation has done for Transnetyx is provide a tangible way for us to give back to a group of people who have challenges ahead. Our company and employees are honored to be able encourage and support them as they overcome these obstacles. Miracle Foundation has allowed us to participate responsibly and accountably and know that the focus is on the children. The integrity and transparency of Miracle Foundation has made it possible to spend our time and energy on what matters most.”
–Bob Bean, Transnetyx CEO

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As everyone headed back to school over the past month, I thought it was interesting to note that I recently went back to school too. No, not to get a degree. But because I know learning is a lifelong endeavor. Most recently, I attended a meeting with other organizations at the London Business School. And a few weeks ago, I participated in the UN General Assembly in New York. We tend to think the world has so many impossible problems, but I heard some really good news too. And THAT, I want to share!

Taking a look at global trends over the last 50 years, you’ll notice that the world is actually getting better. Yes, really! There has never been a better time to be alive than right now. Life spans are up, conflict and wars are down, literacy is at an all time high. Since 2000, we’ve seen like-minded organizations working together to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, provided more clean water to more places in the world, practically eradicated small pox and have fewer and fewer women dying during childbirth.

Our 24-hour “breaking” news isn’t so breaking, and they’re not paid to report on the number of planes that take off — only ones that crash. And, there are risks to be sure. Rising inequality is a real problem but, if you’re reading this blog, you’re helping work on that.

So, take it in for a moment. We are, truly, living in the best time ever to be human. And, together we’re making a difference for more of those in need than ever before. At Miracle Foundation, we’re succeeding not only on that global level, but we’re triumphing on the local level, too. That means making a difference on a world that works for everyone.

Thanks for being a part of the vision. Enjoy the good news and thank you!

Caroline

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I’m so excited, you guys. Excited and energized by what we’ve got going on.

Today, I’m in London to meet with 25 global organizations working in the orphan space. Together, we’re forming a collaborative with a common goal of delivering an orphan-free world. That’s right, our global initiative is ON! These 25 organizations have said “Yes!” “Yes” to partnering together to have a family for every child by 2040.

Did you know that 85% of children that live in orphanages actually have parents? Parents put them in orphanages because they don’t have what they need… like a school or daycare, health center, or enough food.

Every child deserves a family. And every child wants a family.

So our goal is to get those children back with their families and to use adoption and kinship care to take care of the other 15%.

We’ve learned that no matter how great an orphanage is, it is no substitute for a family.

We have a systematic process for this, and we’re going to learn from 25 other organizations and create a transformation in the care and belonging of children.

We have four goals for this meeting:

1. Form professional and personal bonds. This is a unique and sacred opportunity to be together with other bold, visionary leaders and learn from them. I’m humbled to have this group together in one room.

2. Create a shared vision. In 2001, Steve Jobs said “A thousand songs in my pocket.” In 1980, Bill Gates gave Microsoft a clear mission: A computer on every desk and in every home. In 1961, John F. Kennedy gave us a vision of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. At the time, these things seemed impossible… but they happened! Our goal of an orphan-free world might look impossible now, but everything’s impossible until it’s done.

3. Find a roadmap for how we get to a tipping point. Defining this roadmap consists of answering some questions like:

    What is the data? What is “so?”
    Why is this vision not already a reality?
    What are the barriers?
    What is missing?
    And finally, what are the assets that collectively we have?

4. Define next steps and forge a commitment. This is where the rubber meets the road. We’ll make a tangible plan of next steps and commit actions to the shared vision we created.

Typically, the Achilles heel of nonprofit organizations is that they don’t work together. This initiative changes that. This is pioneering the future that together, we can. Prior to this, the world has failed to come together as a collective.

The benefits of a global strategy are enormous. Like-minded actors acting is what changes the world. We’ve seen it with the roll-out of HIV drugs and the eradication of small pox. Now, we’re doing it for children who have been separated from their families.

Thank you for taking care of these children all these years. You have gotten us to where we are today and we’re so grateful.

Caroline

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Mother’s Day is here. It’s a special time when we celebrate our moms and everything they have done for us. Mother’s Day is Miracle Foundation’s special day. It was the day I stumbled into an orphanage and found 110 kids living without their mothers. It was the day my life changed and I realized I could make a difference for children if I could find people to care for them.

This Mother’s Day is Miracle Foundation’s 18th birthday.  ?

What does it mean to turn 18? We tend to think of it as marking a transition from being a child to becoming an adult. And it is, in theory. In reality, no mother thinks a child is “done” at 18! In orphanages and in foster care, we treat 18 as an endpoint, rather than the starting point it is.

Children get kicked out from the system when they turn 18. We start to give them a foundation, and then suddenly we pull that out from under them at 18. What is that about?

We tell them, in essence, “There isn’t anything else we need to do for you. Good luck.” And it’s all based on the arbitrary number 18. It’s crazy.

That’s precisely why Miracle Foundation was created, to give kids that need us a foundation and a future. Like any good parent, we stick with them and make sure they get everything they need to thrive. In 18 years, Miracle Foundation has accomplished some true miracles AND we understand we’re just getting started. Our future is out in front of us and we continue to need you. Just like kids at 18 continue to need your love, care and support.

I’m asking you for help on this Mother’s Day, our Founding Day. A day that’s more important to me than my own birthday. Kids who don’t have a mom or dad, need you.

Please, consider becoming a Global Parent and helping a kid who might not have anyone else. Global Parents support children with a monthly donation. It’s powerful for us because it lets us know exactly how many kids we can help raise. It’s good for you to know you’re doing something to help someone else. If you are already a Global Parent, thank you. If you aren’t, now is the time.

Help us make our 18th birthday one that changes everyone’s lives for the better and gives the love of a mother to kids who aren’t lucky enough to have one.

Happy Mother’s Day!
Caroline

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I’ve had the privilege of traveling and meeting people from all different walks of life. And, I’ve read countless books on spirituality, love, religion, philanthropy and life. One of those books was “The Soul of Money” by Lynne Twist. In her book, she talks about three things we all want:

1. To love and be loved
2. To have families that are healthy, happy, and taken care of
3. To make a difference

Now, here’s the really interesting part. As important as all three of those are, no amount of money can get us any one of those things. For years, I put my ladder on the wrong tree and went for the money. See, there’s no top to the ladder to success. There will always be someone who has more. But there absolutely is a bottom. And that’s the poor. The lonely. The hurting. The suffering. That’s the grounding we all have. Our base. If we want to make a difference, we go to the bottom because that’s the best place to relieve suffering. To do so takes money. And I’m here to tell you, it’s money I never miss.

After spending some time with children who were longing for a parent to love them, I knew I couldn’t un-see some of the pain and suffering I’d witnessed. In response, I called the founder of a local Austin nonprofit and told him, “I HAVE to help these kids.” He asked me to tell him about my conversion. He then asked, “What do you think we do?” I said, “We feed homeless people.” He said, “No. What we do is enable 9,000 volunteers a year to feed the poor and serve their God-shaped hole. We enable them to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. What we do, we do for the volunteers.” He explained that my job was to get the spiritually hungry to care for the physically hungry. When we do that, everyone is fed equally. It’s a lesson I’ve never forgotten.

We see the same story every day: People trying to fill their lives with things money can buy. I can tell you from first-hand experience that that pursuit is never fulfilling. It doesn’t lead to contentment or peace—it only leads to more stuff. As a remedy, Miracle Foundation is here to partner the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots,’ because that’s when miracles happen.

I know you want to make a difference. You’re designed for it. We’re so lucky to be the givers, and I invite you to help us help these children!

The best part? There’s no doubt whether it works. We’ve gotten hundreds in college and thousands of children who are thriving, back with their families and loved. So, the question is: are you playing a big enough game?

Are you wanting to make a difference? The time is now. The need is urgent. If you stretch yourself, I promise you everything that money can’t buy: Fulfillment, contentment, and joy unspeakable. Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

With love,
Caroline

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Here is why I want to go out of business in 22 years.

Since our founding on Mother’s Day in 2000, the Miracle Foundation has taken a stand for vulnerable children. Today, there are 8 million children living in institutions around the world. That is unacceptable. We know the very best thing for a child is to be part of a loving family—it’s where they thrive. And we believe that with global awareness and collaboration, our ultimate goal of a loving family for every child is fully achievable by 2040.

I just returned from a trip that gave me a new perspective on the best way to achieve this goal. Romania, Rwanda, and Moldova have successfully gotten children into loving families and quit relying on their orphanage systems to care for them.

Their key to success? It’s all about strengthening families and helping them before they are in crisis. The family model is the way to put an end to orphanages around the world. I saw it at work first-hand.

So, where did all the children go? Well, I got to see for myself. 80% of the children that live in institutions have a living relative that can care for them. We’ve seen this ourselves at Miracle Foundation where we’ve already reduced the number of children living in orphanages by 25%. With a small amount of help from the community or government, families can take their kids back.

Other kids were adopted and some went to foster families. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Foster care is broken in the U.S. How could it work in a developing country?” That’s exactly why we had to go see it for ourselves.

First, children’s organizations in these countries secured the blessing of the government and their governments put programs in place to help families. This is huge because Miracle Foundation has a great track record of working with governments to get initiatives implemented. Next, they did an assessment of where the children were from, in order to figure out where the hotspots (regions) were. They then went to the hotspots and started community programs there. We learned that for every child who is getting services in an orphanage, there are 10 in the hotspot who don’t get any help at all.

For example, if the problem in a hotspot is malnutrition, the community programs there would be classes on how to be a better farmer, how to use the most nutritious grains, or how to become an agricultural entrepreneur. They’d also host potlucks, which were fun and made it OK for a family that was in need to show up. Their goal was to bring families in and teach them—all as volunteers—to come together every week so everyone leaves with a big plate of food, some knowledge, and some community. It’s so unbelievably simple, yet so incredibly effective. Using community programs to help families is what makes the program sustainable and work.

Another important point: They offer no money for foster families. Their motto is “do it out of the kindness of your heart or you don’t do it.” Imagine that—a truly altruistic approach to the problem. It’s amazing how the quality of care improves once money is taken out of the equation. And, the world is full of everyday heroes who want to make a difference.

Surrounding at-risk families with working community programs, government support, and trained social workers on the ground is not only different than our western models… it’s a new approach that is working.

In the end, we were all blown away! This truly gave me hope that our end goal is actually possible. I want every child to have a home. That’s what it’s going to take to go out of business and that’s what all non-profits should be working toward anyway. And I think that with boots on the ground, we can make our goal a reality: No child in an institution in the next 22 years.

As you know, the Miracle Foundation is all about putting the best interests of the child first. We already reunite children with their families whenever possible. And we work with the communities on family-strengthening programs so that single mothers and families living in poverty have the resources they need to keep their children.

Until the day when all children are in a loving family, we will continue to make sure children thrive, wherever they are. In the meantime, cheers to every child with a loving family. And here’s to an early retirement for the Miracle Foundation because every child has a home.

With love,
Caroline

P.S. To help put us out of business, consider becoming a global parent today!

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