Emily Chapman Richards is being named Executive Director of Franklin-based Show Hope, effective December 1 as the third director of the nonprofit since its inception. Previously, Mike Hamilton held the position of Executive Director. Show Hope is a nationally recognized voice for adoption advocacy and orphan care support work, co-founded by Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman.
“We are delighted and overwhelmed with gratitude as we watch Emily step into this role that she so clearly has been prepared for,” said Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman. “It has been a joy and pleasure to watch her grow into the leader she has become within the Show Hope family and the larger adoption and orphan care community,” said in a release.
“The mission and impact of Show Hope drew me here four years ago, and to see how that impact continues to grow today most certainly humbles me,” said Mike Hamilton, current Executive Director of Show Hope. “It has been an honor to serve alongside Emily and a great privilege to mentor her over the past few years as she has prepared for this role.
While I am moving forward with another opportunity, I am certainly eager to watch Show Hope continue to flourish under the leadership and vision of Emily, a woman who clearly has been called to this work,” continued Hamilton.
Richards and her husband, Tanner, have three daughters and reside in Franklin. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Religion from Baylor University and a master’s degree in Theology from Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Show Hope has provided more than $24 million in Adoption Aid grants, impacting more than 6,200 children from more than 60 countries, including the United States. The nonprofit has also provided care to more than 2,600 children with acute medical and special needs through its Care Centers in China and through its Pre+Post Adoption Support efforts.
Show Hope has provided tools and resources for more than 65,000 families, individuals, and professionals to care for children with complex needs. And as of 2018, more than 20,500 students have been engaged through Show Hope’s Student Initiatives.
To learn more about Richards and the work of Show Hope, visit ShowHope.org