Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ignore what I just said

Remember that one time (ah-hem, yesterday) when I said I don't ever expect anyone to do anything regarding the things I share?

I need you to ignore that, just for today, and go sign a petition to help bring kids home from DR Congo. (As usual, great timing on yesterday's blog, Jenny.)

Both Ends Burning (the creators of Stuck, a film about the issues in international adoption) has joined forces with adoptive parents of orphans in DRC to create a movement, and we now have a petition to express the intense need to bring these children home quickly.

You can find the petition here, and it only takes a few minutes to sign. When you sign, it automatically sends emails to Congresspeople in your district and state, and it also sends one to President Obama. This petition just went live last night, and it already has over 14,000 signatures.

Here it is again. Please sign it, and know that tomorrow you can go back to disregarding the things I write: http://www.petition2congress.com/14960/please-help-resolve-pending-adoptions-from-democratic-republic-co/?m=5285847

I don't think I need to remind you that 20% of kids in DRC die before their 5th birthday or that dysentery, malaria, a lack of adequate food, and a multitude of other problems are all serious threats to their health every day. This means that every day a child remains in DRC, particularly those without parents to protect them, is a day they could become seriously ill.

Not to mention the fact that it's one more day that adoptive parents' hearts are spread between two different countries.

Several people I know have been waiting over a year--sometimes two--to bring their children home. It is heartbreaking that, although they have officially adopted a child, they are not allowed to bring that child into their home because of one office in DRC.

It's weird how I never wanted to get involved in politics, yet in the last three weeks I have signed more petitions and sent more emails and letters than I could have ever imagined, and I have gotten up early to write more and become more involved in government than I had ever dreamed ("nightmared?").

Oh, the things you do for your kids.

Hugs,