LOS ANGELES,CA-Putting a smile on a child’s face is the passion that drives the ladies of Bal Jagat – Children’s World, a non-profit international adoption agency that strives to bring children of the world together with loving parents in steady and permanent homes in the United States. Recent winner of the Women...
Hemlata, MSW, Founder, and Executive Director of Bal Jagat, and Mausami, LCSW, MSW, and Director of Social Services of Bal Jagat, work together to provide children with the opportunity they may not have received in their countries of origin.
When the adoption agency started in 1983, it was titled Bal Jagat, which is a Hindi phrase that translates into “children’s world.” Since the agency originally adopted only out of India a Hindi phrase for the agency’s title seemed appropriate.
However,the agency expanded their adoptions to have direct programs with countries including India, China, and Romania and additionally have partnerships with countries such as Taiwan, Bulgaria, Japan, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Korea.
The name of the agency had to change to incorporate the other countries so they understood who Bal Jagat was and what they stood for. Therefore, the new name of the agency became ‘Bal Jagat – Children’s World’ to include the translation of Bal Jagat which encompasses all the children of the world.
“She (Hemlata) started first with India because we of are Indian origin and she saw the need in India. Then it kept on spreading,” said Mausami about how the agency began. Both Hemlata and Mausami have seen first-hand what the conditions are for the children around the world. Prior to starting this agency, Hemlata worked in an orphanage in India and growing up Mausami would travel with her mother and visit orphanages. After witnessing children in such conditions the Momaya women knew that something had to be done. “You have a capacity to make changes in this world because there is so much in this world that we can all improve if we just put our hearts to it,” said Mausami.
During her travels to the orphanages with her mother, Mausami was instilled with an understanding that everything is about luck and a sense of gratitude because of the environments she witnessed. She noticed that it was all about the simplest things in life.
“Growing up as a child we would go to orphanages in India and we would see for ourselves what other kids don’t have and what we have and how lucky we are. Also, we would see kids get so happy when we gave them an apple or an orange,” said Mausami.
The mom and daughter duo understand that every adoption is unique. They work together with the individual or couple who are looking to adopt to make them feel as comfortable as possible.
In addition, the dynamic duo attempts to answer all of the questions that the adoptive parent(s) may have and they understand that the adaption process starts when you make the first phone call.
“A personalized orientation meeting is set up with each couple/single looking to adopt. We do not do group orientations. You will feel free to express yourself with us and discuss your plan for a family in an open and non-judgmental environment,” according to the Bal Jagat website. Not only do these ladies make every effort to facilitate the adoption process, they also have services in various counties of California to enable a smooth transition for the child.
“We provide home study, post placement, and post adoption services in Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties,” according to the Bal Jagat website.
For over 30 years, Bal Jagat – Children’s World has been assisting individuals and/or couples expand their families. This agency has played an essential role in over 5000 lives by providing children with homes and parents with children.
“We have proudly placed directly or through partnership, over 5000+ orphaned children into loving homes, and continue to do so.Every child is the recipient of the gift. The gift of life,” said Hemlata. The goals and aspirations for Bal Jagat are to continue doing the work they have been doing because there are so many children in the world that just need loving parents and caring homes. These children are flowers that with love and attention bloom into wonderful individuals.