Founders' Story

Led to consider offering a home to a child in need of a loving family, the Chapmans experienced the miracle of adoption in welcoming three daughters home from China.

After the adoption of their first daughter, Shaohannah Hope, in 2000, the Chapmans desperately wanted to do something about the millions of waiting children still in need of loving families.   

Combining both the platform and resources with which they had been entrusted, Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman began raising awareness about the global orphan crisis and helping families with the heart to adopt children but without the means to do so.  

From this simple calling, Show Hope was formalized as a 501c3 nonprofit in February 2003 with a mission to care for orphans by engaging the church and helping children come home to families by reducing the barriers to adoption.

Committed to the holistic care of waiting children around the world, Show Hope operates in four key areas: Adoption Aid, Care Centers, Pre+Post Adoption Support, and Student Initiatives. Since its inception, Show Hope has helped provide homes through Adoption Aid grants for more than 5,500 children from more than 50 countries, including the U.S. In addition, more than 2,300 waiting children with acute medical and special needs have received care through Show Hope’s Care Centers in China.

Through additional opportunities like Show Hope’s Fundraisers and Sponsorship programs, Show Hope is able to offer easy and effective ways for people to make a difference in the life of a waiting child. Additionally, through their global training curriculum, Show Hope offers various short-term trips to China and Haiti, equipping individuals to better understand God’s heart for orphans and grow to holistically care for waiting children in practical ways.

Mobilizing countless individuals, students, families, and churches to care for orphans, Show Hope’s efforts have helped restore the hope of a family to many waiting children around the world.