“China Ghosts”, Malawi adoptions, and more

June 20th, 2007

Parents with kids from China will be interested to hear about "China Ghosts" a new book written by Jeff Gammage about the adoption of his daughter. It's the story of a girl, a father and a family that Lisa See, author of "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" ... a lovely book of harsh realities ... calls, " ... the most informative and heartfelt book I’ve read about the adoption of girls from China.” Parents in Pakistan have a strange take on children, with those in Karachi rating 34% of school-aged kids as "abnormal". The article is interesting and rather complex, siting population-based epidemiological studies showing the prevalence of common mental disorders in Pakistan to be one of the highest in… [more]

Another Adoptive Parent Contribution

June 16th, 2007

With Jan Baker taking the time to laud adoptive parents and their contributions toward the betterment of adoption in the world on her recent blog, I'm inspired to expand on the topic a bit today in support of her tribute. Coming across this story out of Korea feels like providence incarnate, as the example it illustrates is perfect for the discussion. A dad to a Korean-born daughter adopted almost twenty years ago, Dr. Richard Boas, an ophthalmologist from Connecticut, is a passionate man with deep commitments. Inspired by his child and compelled to do what he can for the good as he saw it, he eventually started up, in conjunction with other Connecticut adoptive parents… [more]

News touching adoption: Korea, Russia, Viet Nam

June 12th, 2007

Since we're without a Korean Adoption blogger at the moment, I thought I'd pass on this news about the Smithsonian Museum's launching of its Korea Gallery. Smithsonian Officially open since Friday, the 8th of June, the gallery is in the new Hall of Asian Cultures on the second floor of the museum displaying over 4,000 artifacts representing Korean history and culture. The idea for this took root in 2003, when Korea's First Lady, Kwon Yank-sook came to Washington DC for the Korean American Centennial celebrations. When a $1.25 million grant from the Korea Foundation followed and help from the National Folk Museum of Korea came along, the 1,800 square-foot space became a reality. Anyone with Korean connection should certainly add a visit to the… [more]

News Bits from the International Adoption World

June 11th, 2007

Starting with an event I would love to attend, and one those interested will have to jump on right away ... NCLO, a great organization that works with children in Cambodia, is to be the beneficiary of a special premiere of "Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix" near Chicago on the 14th of July ... and the Weasley Twins will be there to sign autographs. Is that cool, or what! Tickets are only $6, but going fast. For information contact awtodd@comcast.net or the Bolingbrook Rotary Club. And speaking of films, Naomi Watts of "King Kong" fame will be staring in a film written by the director of "Hotel Rwanda" and based on the book, "We Are All the Same", about a… [more]

Trash adoption, sell a book

June 10th, 2007

clearasmud/©2006SHBenoiton I'm tempted to kick myself for making much of Mirah (aka Marsha) Riben's latest spew of mediocre pap designed to turn Mothers Day into a drive-by slapping. Please don't misunderstand; I'm not regretting pointing out the poor quality of the prose, even though the simpy writing does speak for itself, or her agenda-encumbered POV that reduces any part of the big picture to the narrowest of misleading apertures. Nor am I having second thoughts about summing up the diatribe as 'steaming verbiage' sans any golden balls of wisdom ... in other words, poop. Nope. I'm just annoyed that I gave her space. I should have guessed it, but didn't twig until today that she's out there with the presto-weirdo anti-adoption… [more]

Interview: “Bones That Float”

June 6th, 2007

Grady Grossman School The first section of the interview with Kari Grady Grossman, author of "Bones That Float, A Story of Adopting Cambodia is here. The second part is here. SHB: Project 20 years ahead ... what will life be like for the average Cambodian? KGG: Of course, I’d like to think that things will be better, but if the corruption in the government doesn’t change, I see more oppression and strife in the future. I think it is highly unlikely that the Cambodian government will change from the top down. SHB: What's your greatest hope? KGG: My greatest hope is that through education and grassroots advocacy, change will come from the bottom up. Meaning that the children will become educated… [more]

Interview with Kari Grady Grossman Continues …

June 6th, 2007

The first section of the interview with Kari Grady Grossman, author of "Bones That Float, A Story of Adopting Cambodia is here. SHB: Are there any actions people can take to encourage the reopening of Cambodian adoptions for Americans? KGG: My understanding is that this is now in the hands of the Cambodian government, and there has been a draft resolution sitting on their desks for 2 years. The US has a said it will not re-open their side until Cambodia makes it’s process less corruptible by a US standard. I think it is inhumane for the US to hold children hostage in this political stalemate. We can continue to try and draw attention to the situation. Write your congressman, senator Landau and senator… [more]

Blog Book Tour: “Bones That Float”

June 6th, 2007

GGSchool Student Drawing I've mentioned and reviewed Kari Grady Grossman's book "Bones That Float, A Story of Adopting Cambodia", and recently had the opportunity to interview the author in the course of an international blog book tour. As this was coming about, a story broke from Cambodia that grabbed my eye ... it will be in the Friday Cambodian news wrap I publish on my personal blog, Paradise Preoccupied ... about the environmental watchdog group, Global Witness, report on illegal logging being banned in the country. (It's the report that's banned, understand, not the logging.) Turns out, this story is directly connected to "Bones That Float" in profound ways. The author and proceeds from the… [more]

“Foster Child”, the film

May 28th, 2007
Categories: Books and Films

Adoption as a topic is coming up so often in the international community and global consciousness that it's getting to the point that any big event that doesn't in some way touch upon, feature or highlight some aspect of the adoption world would seem to be missing something. At the moment, as anyone living on the planet knows ... even those of us on tiny islands in the middle of nowhere without much news coming in ... the big event in the film industry is the Cannes Film Festival. Presenting a representation of all things preeminent in Western culture du jour, there is, of course, a tie to adoption this year ... a tie aside from the attendance of adoption… [more]

Heads up: stuff needing attention

May 24th, 2007

Wish I'd seen this yesterday, but perhaps it's not too late to email in some impact on the New Jersey Senate's vote today on S-2249 , a family leave bill that would include adoptive parents. This could be groundbreaking, so if New Jersey is your state and you'd like to see adoptive families get the same benefits as those making their kids from scratch, email the heads of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Sens. Bernard Kenny (SenKenny@njleg.org) and Sharpe James (SenJames@njleg.org). To read all about it, see musings:mamahood&more, the blog where I picked up the news. She has a great template there, too, which will save composition time. Summer of Hope, a program that brings older orphans from Philippines to the… [more]