History

Massachussetts couple Don and Marilyn Scott, relief workers in Vietnam, found My Friend’s House (MFH) in war-torn Saigon and establish a nutrition center to help starving, abandoned children. The Scotts also engage Pam Larsen, an adoptive parent, to pursue licensing for adoptions in Massachusetts. MFH becomes the first secular adoption agency in the state.

1972

Tom and Diane Palmeri, colleagues of the Scotts who run the nutrition center, leave Vietnam on one of the last commercial flights out before the fall of Saigon. MFH ceases to exist—but not until administrator Faith Pham returns every child to his or her family and places orphaned or abandoned children in foster homes.

1975

International Adoptions, Inc., the adoption arm of MFH, opens its South Korea adoption program. Today, along with our partner Holt Children’s Services, Wide Horizons For Children has placed more than 4,300 children with loving adoptive families. Learn more about adopting from South Korea.

1976

International Adoptions opens its Colombia adoption program. Today, Wide Horizons For Children has placed 1,600 children from Latin American countries— including 300 children from Colombia—with loving adoptive families. Learn more about adopting from Colombia.

1977

International Adoptions opens its U.S. (domestic) adoption program and begins to counsel expectant birth parents. Today, Wide Horizons For Children has placed almost 900 children with loving adoptive families. Learn more about adopting from the U.S.

1978

International Adoptions begins to offer post-adoption services to its adoptive families, which today includes support and counseling, search and reunion services, and networking and cultural opportunities. Learn more about our post-adoptive services.

1986

International Adoptions changes its name to Wide Horizons For Children to better reflect expanding programs in family strengthening, orphan care and post-adoption support.

1989

Wide Horizons For Children opens its China adoption program. Today, Wide Horizons For Children has placed almost 1,900 children from China with loving adoptive families. Learn more about adopting from China.

1991

Wide Horizons For Children begins to offer subsidies to families who are adopting children with special needs. Learn more about financing your adoption.

1993

In partnership with Family Service Centre, Wide Horizons For Children starts a Child Sponsorship program in India. Sponsor a child from India.

2000

Wide Horizons begins to support two family orphanages, called hogares, in Guatemala. Learn more about our orphanage support work. 

2002

Wide Horizons For Children begins to work in Ethiopia with an initial focus on adoption and family strengthening. Today, the Child Sponsorship program supports families and children living in poverty. Make a life-changing difference by sponsoring a child from Ethiopia.

2003

In partnership with Family Service Centre, Wide Horizons For Children launches a Community Development program in India to strengthen vulnerable families. Learn more about our Community Development program.

2007

Wide Horizons For Children begins its support of vocation training for orphans aging out of institutional care in Moldova. Learn more about our Vocational Training program.

2008

Wide Horizons For Children begins its Child Sponsorship program in Guatemala to support families living in poverty and their children who are at risk for abandonment. Change a life—sponsor a child from Guatemala.

2008

Wide Horizons For Children builds Adwa Health Clinic and the Leku Primary Hospital in Ethiopia to help reduce maternal mortality and prevent children from becoming orphans. Learn more about our Medical Care programs.

2009

Wide Horizons For Children opens its Burundi adoption program. Learn more about adopting from Burundi.

2010

The Education through Wellness School Nutrition program begins, providing school lunch and holiday rations to 40 school children in Ethiopia. Today, the program serves more than 150 children. Learn more.

2014

Leku Hospital is recognized as a leading training and teaching hospital in Ethiopia, providing support for other hospitals in the region. Learn more.

2017