Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Chained in

As we await more news from the Congolese adoption front, I want to share Both Ends Burning's investigation into halted adoptions in Nepal. It's a very interesting situation, particularly in my world, now that I better understand the US Department of State's role in international adoption from other countries. Points 3, 4, 5 and 6 from the above link are particularly interesting, shameful and exceedingly sad for the orphaned children of Nepal, who would otherwise have a chance to be placed in families rather than in institutionalized care.

(In case you're not familiar with the effects that long-term institutionalized care has on children, please read Orphan Justice or check out this link from CHIFF.

And consider this (image from CHIFF website, above):



Somebody's got to be absolutely crazy about a child for him or her to have a chance at normal development. (As a mom of a couple of toddlers, I assure you that I am always crazy about my children but not always crazy about the wild ride of their emotions we all must ride together some days. Think about it: What would happen if your children did not have someone to crazy-love them the way you do?)

The children in Nepal had families who were crazy about them, although they may never have met. (I know the feeling...so tired of waiting to hold Sweet C!!) They had hopes for them. They had rooms for them with monogrammed wall art and baseball gloves and tutus. They had books to read them and hugs to share. But it was all taken away by our government without proper justification.

Need a visual to help you see the problem? Here you go. It might break your heart. And I kind of hope it does.