History

History of Organization

10years

On January 6th, the traditional feast of Epiphany, we marked our organization’s 10th anniversary. For a small organization with a nucleus of strong support we have established an impressive track record. In addition to seven permanently adopted children, Epiphany House has been a temporary home to many in need. They include a wide range of children, teens and young mothers who have stayed with us sometimes for weeks, months or years. We have actively engaged the community about the need for adoptive families for children with special needs. Our target population has been children from foster care or with medical needs. We have also been a resource to families with domestic issues.

At the start of our 10th year we announced our commitment to developing a community of adoptive families committed to the adoption of children with special needs. Much of the year we engaged in consultations with a range of local and national leaders. Now, as is described below, we are moving forward to implement this vision.

Highlights 2003-2016

2003-2005
Worked closely with seven regional foster care agencies on a two year Pew Foundation funded initiative to promote adoption through faith communities in Philadelphia.
Adoptions of Sonty and Suky had already been finalized.
Forged strong ties with ministeriums in Upper Darby and Lansdowne to promote adoption.
Finalized adoption of Ebony.
Finalized adoption of Salinna.
Partnerered with Caroline’s Hope.

2001-2006
Provided long term foster care to two of Ebony’s brothers.

2005-2009
Annual Angel Tree

2006
Finalized adoption of Daniel.
Partnered with and promote Heart Gallery Philadelphia.

2007
Epiphany House honors local foster mother

2007-2012
Yearly observance and promotion of waiting children during National Adoption Month.

2008
Amazing Mom honor to Kathie.
Regional Church Orphan/Foster Care Ministry Conference
Camp Epiphany
Two of our teens go to Central America on volunteer service trips.
Epiphany House honors “Foster Family of the Year”

2009
Took over legal guardianship to Nicky O’Keeffe a profoundly disabled teenage boy.
Salinna’s Summer Adventure
Epiphany House first established the goal of opening houses for adoption.

2010
Partnership with Generations of Hope Development Corporation.
Organized a Heart Gallery exhibit at the Plymouth Meeting Mall through the month of May
Finalized adoption of Rosey
Partnership with Wait No More promoting adoption ministry.

2011
Partnership with The Mother’s Home in Darby, PA
Finalized Alex’s adoption.
Wait No More Conference
2012 Unveil Generations Epiphany and conduct wide range consulting with local leaders to develop this initiative.
Great Friend to Kids Nomination.
Epiphany House received nominations for the Please Touch Museum’s “Great Friend to Kids Award” While we did not win, we were among the finalists and honored to have received serious consideration for this prestigious award.

2013
Goal to establish first of our community adoption family homes.

2016
Establish Family of families