by: Heather Ratliff
Small World is excited to announce upcoming mission trips to Monrovia, Liberia in the 2019. Small World first partnered with the Liberian government in the Fall of 2017, and our Liberia adoption program began under the direction of Mr. Jimbo Savley. Since that time, Small World Transition home opened, and in June of 2018, 8 children were placed in that home where they receive more individualized care and medical attention than is available in typical orphanages. Multiple children have been matched with families and they are in the adoption process! Liberia and its requirements are very different from other countries thus making it more appealing to prospective adoptive families.
To further develop and improve this program, Small World is planning mission trips in 2019. Goals include working to improve the facilities, training staff in TBRI methods of child care, conducting detailed medical evaluations on all the children.
The layman group going to Liberia will conduct needed maintenance on the building, such as painting, small projects and installing playground equipment. Small World wants the children to have a fun, safe environment where they can thrive while they’re in our care and waiting for their new parents to come and get them. Those who attend will also have the opportunity to interact with the children, get to know them and love on them. This will be a huge blessing to the children and for the short term layman missionaries who volunteer to go.
It is also important to Small World to have well trained, informed staff to provide the best possible care to the children in the transition home. To that end, Mrs. Kerri Tracy, Director of Post Placement Services and a Trauma and Attachment Specialist will travel to Liberia to train the staff to have a deeper understanding of the complex needs of the children and how to help them overcome trauma induced issues. Kerri will provide training in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) which is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the child’s unique needs and address the whole child. The training is based on the book “The Connected Child,” by Dr. Karyn B. Purvis and David R. Cross. Adoptive families here in America receive similar training as preparation for their adoption, so this will create more continuity and make the move from the transition home to adoptive home much smoother.
Lastly, Small World’s leader of our medical missions, Dr Paul Heil of Nashville TN will be leading a medical team to examine all the children and prescribe any needed medical interventions needed. The children at Small World Home will be the beneficiaries of professional evaluations and recommendations made to improve their overall health and well being during this professional Mission Trip in February 2019.
Small World is seeking to partner with churches and individuals to get the word out about the “Layman’s Mission Trip 2019 to Liberia. Please help us spread the word mission trip and to seek out those who might be interested in joining the Small World team in this endeavor.
They are several ways to be involved with Small World on this mission trip. If you feel you have the skill set necessary to provide maintenance to the building, then travelling with the group would be an excellent way to participate. You can contact your church if they are working with Small World or contact Jimbo Savley directly at email@example.com. If you can’t travel but have a heart for orphans, your prayers and tax exempt financial contributions to Small World are needed. You can donate at www.smallworldadoption.com/donate-today or by contacting the Small World business office. You can also help create awareness about our outreach to orphans in Liberia and around the world by sharing with others a link to this blog.
Small World thanks God for the opportunity to be a part of making these orphans into sons and daughters.