About Us

Mission Statement

Small World is a Christian, nonprofit agency founded in 1985 in Nashville, TN for the purpose of preserving and enhancing the lives of children at home and around the world. As a response to James 1:27, through adoption we give orphans and vulnerable children the greatest gift in our power, a Christian family, thereby making them orphans no more and transforming them into sons and daughters.

How We Began

Small World Adoption Agency was founded by Jim and Jean Savley. Learn how the agency was started and the personal history the Savleys have with adoption.

Read Our Story


Read about our Hague Re-accreditation and our list of memberships with other renowned organizations.

See Our Credentials

Our Leadership

Learn more about our leadership and team at Small World Adoption.

Meet Our Leadership


The following additional information is available upon request:

  1. The number of Small World’s adoption placements per year for the prior three calendar years, and the number and percentage of those placements that remain intact, are disrupted, or have been dissolved as of the time the information is provided
  2. The number of parents who apply to adopt through Small World on a yearly basis, based on data for the prior three calendar years
  3. The number of children eligible for adoption and awaiting an adoptive placement referral via Small World