Int’l Adoption News from Ireland…
The article link Adopt Change is from the Irish Examiner on International Adoption asks the some hard questions, does pulls not punches and really begs the following questions. When was the last time you saw a big main-stream news media outlet in the US question adoption this broadly or specifically? Or stand up and say the Hague must be followed? Is the media afraid to speak fearing outrage by certain groups?
Question to mull on: If a country ratifies the Hague Treaty on Inter-country Adoption – should the country also be mandated to ensure the domestic adoption laws in their country meet or exceed Hague rules and standards?
I think they should, and I find it amusing that people from Ireland wishing to adopt in the US must specify a state to get a permit because Ireland does not believe all states in the US are Hague compliant…you know those pesky requirements like no payments to *birth* parents, length of time between birth and relinquishment…etc. etc.
Post from Hellokpop regarding Korea’s Got Talent Show – yes very late on this one but you have to listen to him sing, I had tears and that isn’t me. There are subtitles in English for understanding of the judges and contestant on the video link.
In my mail-box a week or so ago I received an announcement that Ancestry has a new contest in conjunction with “Who do you think you are?” TV series coming back. My email from Ancestry.com said this:
“The Ultimate Family History Journey Sweepstakes”.
You could win the trip of a lifetime to your family’s homeland. Enter for a chance to win a $10,000 journey to explore your family roots from Ancestry.com.
My first question is where would an adoptee go if they won the contest? Do a round-the-world trip to cover all bases?
I like “Who do you think you are” because they do a good job of showing the process and the emotions from people who always knew their family. At the same time it also reminds me just how many adoptees will never have this knowledge, or be able to explore and feel those same emotions and that makes me sad. Perhaps Ancestry should start donating to Adoptee Rights Groups…hint hint…I guess not because I don’t think the owners would like that…
And this section would not be complete without a hypocritical moment:
Ancestry Easier to Discover Thanks to Worldwide Genealogy Volunteers which article would not be complete without a quote and comment about how they fill this yearning:
Roots author Alex Haley once said: “In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage- to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning…emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.”
FamilySearch indexers fill this yearning by collectively enabling others to pinpoint their ancestors from among billions of online records.
“Because of indexing, more people are discovering their ancestors more quickly than at any time in history,” said Mike Judson, who manages the indexing volunteer efforts for FamilySearch “This ease of discovery is helping thousands of people every day to better understand who they are and where they came from. This sounds trite, but for the person making the discovery the result can be intensely personal and emotional.”
Funny they forgot to add the disclaimer – *unless you are an adoptee
And finally must include a laughs and giggles to end the week…
This you-tube video for animal lovers – especially those who love dogs. I was watching the news that day and it made me laugh so hard – perhaps because this is the channel I watch and I know what these segments are usually like – not this time. Too funny on live TV.