What Is Best For The Children?

December 10th, 2010


Through the years, starting when I was a child, I have raised money for various worldwide organizations. I have always had a slight Mother Teresa complex and I’ve wanted to save the world a few times over. As I’ve gained more wisdom, I’ve finally concluded the best way for me to save the world is to raise my daughters to be the best world citizens they can be. I am an adopter. My daughters are adopted, and I have six cats…all adopted. My dog stumbled on our doorstep one day, and after looking into his big brown eyes, I adopted him and gave him a loving home on the spot… [more]

Ethical International Adoptions

January 30th, 2009

With the exception of special needs cases, Liberia has suspended intercountry adoptions. President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said earlier this year: "Essentially, we have discovered that many of the children in these orphanages are not in fact orphans but children taken from their living parents on the promise of support and a good life in America". News like this can send chills down the spine of an adoptive parent. Especially if you have or are the process of adopting internationally. During the adoption process it can be easy to lose focus on everything but bringing home our child or children. You may find it hard to believe in the need for transparency and ethics when there are so many children in… [more]

Poorer and richer

September 10th, 2007

Grandmothers and orphans often go together, so it makes sense that hundreds of Canadian grandmas would join up in a march urging Canada to step up as a leader in support of AIDS orphans in Africa. Working with the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the Canadian Grandmothers of Africa organized the march in Ottawa which included some grandmothers who had made the trip from Africa. In addition to encouraging the government to take action, they also demanded Canada honor a 2004 piece of legislation, the Access to Medication bill, that had promised to provide HIV/AIDS drugs to Africa but has not yet sent one single pill. And to put the issue into some perspective, this story from South Africa leads with this: 'You need to… [more]

Guatemala mess, China orphan rights, India confusion

September 5th, 2007

In the ongoing mess that is the Casa Quivira orphanage grab fiasco in Guatemala, it's easy for some to forget about the impact on the adoptive parents caught in the tangled tango. This story from Denver looks at one dad and his sad and scary sojourn in limbo. Chinese orphans have reportedly just had their rights boosted ... and in the 'added to', not the 'ripped off from' sense. Starting this week unregistered orphans have been included under the hukou system of household registration. Although touted as a plus in that registration is required to get a job, go to college and get married, it also places restrictions on movement and is considered by many to be discriminatory toward the

International adoption S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D

August 29th, 2007

Starting with the concept of international adoption, stretching it like silly putty, then taking it out for a very long walk, you could come to this story out of India that describes a scenario that's becoming increasingly common. It's about a 45-year-old acupuncture physician in Miami, Nicole Brown, hoping to hear she's in the process of gestating a baby created with the egg of a 27-year-old woman in Vietnam ... after checking for eggs in Argentina first ... that was implanted into her uterus in India. No, it's not that her uterus was in India, but that she went to India WITH her uterus for the implantation. How the egg got there isn't mentioned. Neither is where the sperm came from… [more]

Guatemala politics, a cool plant, and choosing girls

August 21st, 2007

Call me slow on the up-take, but since I'm not mom to Guatemalan-born kids I haven't been following the politics of that country as closely as others have. That being the case, I'm relying on others to bring me up to speed on happenings there and the "Why" that goes with. Lisa fills in many gaps well, and information from other bloggers flesh out the picture. Why am I not at all surprised to learn that there's an election coming up there soon? For President, nonetheless, and with the incumbent candidate very publicly opposed to international adoption of Guatemalan kids. That's a forehead slapper, Doh!, moment if ever I had one. September 9th is the polling date, and hopes are spreading that once… [more]

India Adoption, it’s mothers this time

August 1st, 2007

I've been writing about India, its children, India international adoptions, Indian adoption laws, problems and more for a long time now. CINI logo Over the past year-and-a-half-plus, I've posted on the nuts and bolts of the system, child labor, female infanticide in the country, changes in adoption laws, and so on. Coming across my desk today, however, is something I've not addressed. In fact, this is the first time I've seen a story like this, and I am very pleased to be writing about it today. From Kolkata ... formerly, and sometimes still, Calcutta ... an organization called the Child in Need Institute (CINI) has, since 2000, been running, in addition to other services, an… [more]

Adoption, AIDS and helping

July 22nd, 2007

A state-level orientation program on adoption was held recently in Lucknow, India, with the aim of increasing awareness locally on the issues of adoption in that country. Domestic Indian adoptions continue to lack popularity, with most people determined to avoid adopting a child. Also on the agenda, uniformity in adoption rules to remove much of what can be cumbersome when the many religions in the country approach the process. Also in India, the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), has proposed that all children made available for adoption take a mandatory HIV test. This has long been on the books, but not enforced, and many are concerned about the costs. The Indian Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS is opposing the idea, insisting that… [more]

Small world gets smaller

July 18th, 2007

Issues to do with children and adoption around the world range from the widely different to basically the same, as although cultural differences abound, we are at the base of it all humans. For example, this story out of the UK illustrates how children of ethnic minorities there wait longer for placement in adoptive families ... up to three times longer ... and there are worries that placing children of color with white families can leave them "without a sense of cultural and religious identity later in life." Perhaps repeating attempts at racial placement parameters in the US in response to a 1972 policy put forth by the National Association of Black Social Workers that insisted that, "... black children belong, physically, psychologically… [more]

Adoption numbers, stories and classes, plus sunscreen

July 11th, 2007

I'm starting today off with numbers ... the number of children adopted in a year worldwide. Any guesses? Somewhere around a quarter of a million would be about right -- 250,000. Sound like a lot? It's 1.5% of the estimated 16 million orphans placed in care each year, and 85% take place within the country of the child's birth. In the US? 125,000, or about half of the total number of adoptions in the world, with the bulk being domestic, and most of those relative adoptions. WIth that out of the way, here's the story of an adoptive mom in England and her Guatemalan-born daughter that focuses on the challenges to transracial families. This one from Louisiana looks more at multiculturalism, as a… [more]