Food for thought, if you still needed more…

03 Aug

I read a lot.  I try to read voices from all sides of a subject but I don’t do the extremes, I just can’t go there.  As I’ve watched the news over the last year, specifically politics, while dealing with all the emotions knowing mom was nearing the end of her life, and then, the everything that happens after someone passes, has allowed for lots of looking backwards.

Lots of remembering who mom and dad were, their core values, their words and deeds.  They were both independent voters, and two of the most deeply religious caring people I know.  On voting, dad’s counsel went something like this: Every politician lies. You have to do your research, find what they have done in their lives to help people, their record, who they are as people, and then chose the one who will be the better choice for all people.  At least that was my take away.

I’ve been horrified by the tone, the anger, the hate brought out in the open in this election cycle by Trump and what he says.  The hate has been palpable, the bigotry and racism of some who seem to believe they have been given a green light to display it, or have always displayed it.  Just everything that should not be has been proudly put on display during Trump’s campaign, his words, actions.  Everyday, I expected people in his party to repudiate him, instead, they either cheered him on, or tried to explain what he ‘really’ meant.

I have been heartened recently that more and more have started to speak up that would typically chose a Republican candidate.  I’m going to link to two posts, one who is an adoptive parent, the other may be too (?) and seems to see the bigger picture about adoption instead of just the rhetoric.  I read both regularly and agree with some, other times disagree with what they say.  The Happy Pastor, in a lot of areas his words remind me of dad’s view, it’s a good post – My Critique of Christian Republicanism and Shannon’s post – I’m pro-life. And I’m voting for Hillary.  Here’s why.


Now, some may not think this is the place to include this, I do because of the tenor in words being spoken right now.  There is a bill in congress that needs to be passed.  It has everything to do with adoption, the promises made of children getting a better life if they were adopted to the US.  So, I’ll close by reminding readers of the adoptees who were adopted by US Citizens from other countries as babies and small children, whose parents failed them for whatever reason to get citizenship they needed before they turned 18.  Can you imagine finding out one day that you aren’t a citizen of the country you were raised in, that you called home?  They were raised as Americans, in America.  Some have been deported back to the country they were adopted from, not knowing anyone, not speaking the language or knowing the culture, just dumped there.  Some are waiting deportation.  Others are still living in the US and need citizenship, can you imagine not having citizenship?  They all need your help. They need the current bill in congress to move forward fixing the flawed CCA of 2000 (Child Citizenship Act) that left so many adoptees behind that was supposed to have fixed the problem for all.

News article from last year: Bill Would Provide Retroactive Citizenship For All International Adoptees

Recent news article: These Korean Adoptees Grew Up Like Typical American Kids. Then They Learned They Weren’t Citizens.

Way to contact your representative in Congress, takes minutes to voice your support.

The actual bill.


Posted by on August 3, 2016 in Adoption, Uncategorized


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9 responses to “Food for thought, if you still needed more…

  1. pj

    August 3, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Tao-Thanks for links about the bill ! Your food for thought is always good:) And how could a verbally abusive president be a role model for any child !

    Liked by 1 person

    • TAO

      August 3, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      true enough…


  2. Heather

    August 4, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Thank you.

    Even though I disagree with Shannon on many points I quite enjoyed reading her blog post.


  3. Liz

    August 5, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Hillary Clinton strongly backed the Adoption and Save Families Act of 1997 and Bill Clinton signed it into law. That law ensured that states only get paid when they remove a child from their home and put that child into foster care. The funding attached to that bill does not support keeping families together. The bill also encourages terminations of parental rights and gives states incentives for increasing adoptions out of foster care from one year to the next (exceededing the previous year’s adoption numbers). Many good parents have been robbed of their children since 1997 by child welfare because to that bill. Corruption can and does crop up in places you don’t expect it. Google senator Ron Wyden and “lopsided funding.” Go to the website for the Senate Committee on Finance and search for hearings about child welfare (look at The 2015 and 2016 hearings). That committee is aware of the errors made, but will they afmit it? Probably not. The errors will be buried under subtle changes to laws over time, and the pain of the robbed families will be buried.


    • TAO

      August 5, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Liz, I actually know of the incentives and payments, how there have been children taken wrongfully. I also know that aging out of FC comes with lots of downsides. At least she tried to do something good.


      • Liz

        August 9, 2016 at 4:51 pm

        My concern is that her motives may not have been pure. If she becomes president, her future actions will clear up any doubt…good or bad.


  4. onewomanschoice

    August 8, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    This still just boggles my mind. I don’t understand how an American family can adopt internationally but the legal process does not include making the adoptee a legal citizen. It should be standard for both to occur simultaneously. Once a child is legally adopted into a U.S. American family, their citizenship should be automatically granted. Doesn’t this happen when someone gets married? Why would adoption be any different? Same goes for ANY child (adopted or not) who does not have their naturalized citizenship papers. If the U.S.A is willing to educate them, they should also grant their citizenship upon graduating.


    • TAO

      August 8, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Pre the ACA – parents had to naturalize their children. Many didn’t, I think *some* agencies did a poor job educating…

      Post ACA – it depends what type of visa the child comes in with – one is automatic as soon as they set foot on US soil, the other requires a re-adoption in the US which then triggers the citizenship/applying for the COC…again, some don’t. Which visa is determined based on the process out of country…it’s complicated.

      And, they’ve been trying to get congress to pass various versions of this bill since 2002 – but the climate for immigrants isn’t good…

      It’s scary for them.

      No it doesn’t happen automatically with marriage…

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