SHOREVIEW, Minn. - Friends of FANA, Minnesota is in the middle of one of its biggest events to date. 11 Colombian children are in Shoreview at Camp of Dreams in hopes of being adopted.
The children who participate in Camp of Dreams are older, and their futures even more uncertain than many of the other children at FANA. As orphans continue to age their chances of being adopted decrease significantly, and their dreams of finding a family begin to fade. In Colombia, when an orphan reaches the age of 16, they lose all forms of institutional aid and are no longer under the care of the government. The mission of Camp of Dreams is to connect these children with the families that have been dreaming of them, too.
"The kids are here, they're under the impression they're on vacation at a camp, just like any other camp that anybody's been to in the summer," explained Lindsay Swiggum, Camp of Dreams.
Just like camp, their days are filled with fun and activities.
On Tuesday the children visited Santa and Macy's and brought a tear to the jolly guy's eye.
"Every child asked Santa Claus for a family for Christmas," said Swiggum. "And by the end of it Santa was in tears."
Camp of Dreams is held at the Ona Orth Ministry Center in Shoreview, Minnesota through December 2, 2013.
Friends of FANA, Minnesota, is a non-profit organization established to provide social networking opportunities for families who wish to adopt a child from the FANA orphanage in Bogotá, Colombia.
The all-volunteer organization is comprised of families who have completed or are in the process of completing an adoption through FANA.
To learn more, to get involved or to adopt, click here.
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