Journey for Orphaned Youth


Our JOY Mission Trip is about to take off!


The JOY MissionItineraryProgram RequirementsProgram CostMeet the Children!


Our J.O.Y. (Journey for Orphaned Youth) Advocacy Mission is a special program that occurs once a year. A small group of families travel together to China to meet our JOY children in three separate orphanages. It’s an amazing chance to connect with the children, see the world the children live in, and create an amazing opportunity for a forever family. Families interested in the JOY Advocacy Mission should have a strong intention of adoption or established interest in advocating for orphans.


Much like our Home Orphan Hosting China Program, the children in our JOY Mission have often lived in orphanages most of their lives. Though usually well-cared for, these children have almost never experienced a sense of family and have lacked access to basic needs like general medical care, good nutrition, and education.

The children in our JOY Mission are extra-special! These are children who may not be eligible for hosting either due to age or need, and families are able to meet their potential forever child through this experience. Every opportunity we provide to our children from China is another chance for them to find the love, comfort, and permanency a family can provide.


This life-changing trip to China will be a flurry of activity for families! You’ll be a part of a group of 5-10 other families who have come to meet a child in the orphanage. The JOY Itinerary includes some meals, sightseeing, and your hotel accommodations:

Day 1: Arrive in Guangzhou airport, meet our bilingual guide and travel to Dongguan.

Day 2: Meet your JOY child and CCCWA officer.

Day 3: Activity with the kiddos.

Day 4: Take your kiddos on a fun outing. (shopping, the playground, etc)

Day 5: Farewell party and then travel to Zhongshan

Day 6: Meet your JOY child

Day 7: Activity with the kiddos.

Day 8: Take your kiddos on a fun outing. (shopping, the playground, etc)

Day 9: Farewell party and transfer to Guangzhou airport.

**Please use this plan as a reference as your actual schedule may vary dependent on the children’s needs and abilities as well as the availability of certain sight-seeing experiences. This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change.**

Our JOY Mission requires that families are eligible for adoption in China. In general, this is what China accepts:

  • Citizenship: One parent must be a U.S.citizen.
  • Age: Generally between 30-60 years old, depending on the country and the special needs of the child, if any.
  • Marriage Status: Single women and married couples are generally eligible
  • Criminal History: Applicants with a criminal history of child abuse, violence, or domestic violence are not eligible to host
  • Health: Host parents must be in good health with no major medical or psychological concerns

If you’re ready to start, all families must complete the following materials for the program:

  • GWCA/CAN Application
  • JOY Mission Donation
  • Background Check
  • Visa Application (if you do not already have a valid visa for China)

We are currently updating our JOY Mission costs to provide the best service possible for all our JOY families!

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Your hosting donation is tax-deductible and considered a donation to a child in need in China. Please note that hosting donation are considered non-refundable per IRS code. Your family will receive a tax-deductible donation letter from our office for donations made toward the hosting program.

Meet the Children!

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Each of the children in need of a JOY Mission family is listed on our separate JOY photolisting at this link (coming soon). The JOY children all participate with the same orphanages, so you’ll go on an amazing journey with a group of other families to meet your JOY child and see other families meet their children as well.

If you’re interested in becoming a JOY Family, contact us or You can also reach Morgan and Chandler at (512) 323-9595!