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Attacking Those Who Care for Vulnerable Children

09 Jun

I agree, please read (the links too) and share. I think it is wrong what the lawyer from Florida did.

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Who would attack the work of a pediatric nurse practitioner who has lived among the poorest of the poor in rural Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who adopted twin Congolese girls whose mother died in childbirth, and whose organization works to keep emaciated children alive, with the hope of reuniting them with their families, rather than promoting international adoption?

International adoption–with its confluence of money, children, and inequity–can evoke terrible egotism and emotions. Adoption is of course a wonderful, valuable option for children who genuinely need families. But we have to create adoption policy with ears wide open not only to the experiences of adoptive parents, but also those of adopted people and first/birth parents.

In terms of international adoption, we need to listen as well to the voices of those in the countries from which children are adopted. Holly Mulford has on-the-ground experience in Congo. She’s the nurse practitioner…

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Posted by on June 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

5 responses to “Attacking Those Who Care for Vulnerable Children

  1. FrankLligtvoet

    June 9, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    So grateful you reposted this piece. It goes to the heart of the matter!

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  2. cb

    June 9, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    “I agree, please read (the links too) and share. I think it is wrong what the lawyer from Florida did”

    What a clueless individual she is.

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  3. Raven

    June 10, 2014 at 7:05 am

    I got attacked in an adoption support group not too long ago when I disclosed that I had fostered teenage girls after they were released from reform schools. I guess the “anti’s” would prefer that the girls had just remained in juvenile prison instead of being discharged to my care. By the way, the girls I opened my home and heart to all had parents who either refused to allow them to come home after release or who couldn’t take care of them because they were incarcerated in state prisons themselves. It was straight fostering with no thought of adopting — I only wanted to be able to help the kids transition to adulthood in a halfway healthy manner.

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    • cb

      June 10, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Raven, did you read the blog by the Florida lawyer that TAO is taking about? She is calling Holly anti-adoption.

      Snippets of what she says in her blog about Holly:
      “An activist who opposes international adoption just wrote a post that is breathtaking in its honesty. She openly confesses her anger toward international adoption because it hinders her organization’s attempts at fundraising…………………. They usually fight adoption by grossly exaggerating concerns about adoption ethics, so it is refreshing to see anyone admit the real, underlying self-interest so openly………………………So the NGOs actively work to keep all the kids in orphanages because they think the money families spend on adoption fees should go to the NGOs instead.”

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  4. Valentine Logar

    June 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    You and the other authors (2) are so right. Thank you

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