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Two Stories – Pick One

Two Stories – Pick One

Two Stories……. Two Pictures……. Story #1 – takes place behind a security wall a little ways outside of the city of Port Au Prince Haiti.   It’s not as busy and as hot and as noisy as it is downtown, but it still is busy, hot and noisy – at least compared to most places in North America. The guard opens the gate and you see Charlie.  He looks like he’s maybe 5.  He’s sitting over by the wall along with his friend Pierre.  Pierre looks a little bigger and a little

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An Answer is Coming…..

An Answer is Coming…..

First, thank you to all of you have read what we’ve been wrestling with in terms of how to care for vulnerable children.   There are tough issues and very little in terms of clear answers. We have a lot more that we’re going to be wrestling with because it is a big and multi-sided issue.   There is a lot more gray than there is black and white. But there is one thing that is, I believe, perfectly clear. If children can stay with their biological parents and the parents can

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Why does JK Rowling Matter Anyway?

If you go to http://tomvanderwell.net/important-articles/ and read the second article, you’ll see a couple of important names. I think it’s worthwhile talking about why they are important. What are those names? JK Rowling and Lumos. JK Rowling, hmmm, I think I’ve heard that name before. JK Rowling is the author of the immensely popular and hugely wide selling Harry Potter book series. Please tell me you’ve heard of Harry Potter? The young wizard who takes on “He who must not be named” in a 7 book battle of good vs. evil. Some

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How Do We Pay For It?

How Do We Pay For It?

In our last article, we took a look at how to pay for caring for children in an orphanage and whether it was a good thing to collect “child care” funds from adoptive parents while their adoption was in process.   In a short summary, the risks and the drawbacks of such a funding arrangement outweigh any possible benefits to it. So now what?  If “we” aren’t going to pay for caring for children who are orphans that way, how do we pay for the cost?  Because we all know that children are

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Paying for Childcare – The State Department Says No?

Paying for Childcare – The State Department Says No?

Parents pay for their children’s needs, it’s that simple right? Well, not quite.   Let take a look at a couple of things. If you go to http://tomvanderwell.net/important-articles/  and scroll down to page 4 of the first article about how the US administration is about to make adoption harder, you’ll see a statement that seems like it’s not so simple…… Worse still, the proposed rules forbid families from paying for a child’s in‐country care once a match has taken place. This is a common practice, allowing parents to give their child quality nutrition, medicine,

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Seven Years

Seven Years

By Shelley Jean I feel like I have told the story so many times. The day that started like any other day. How we went to the store and bought flour and bananas and spent the day making tortillas. How later that afternoon, the very same grocery store that I bought the flour in came down in a crash that shook the island and killed so many people, some that I knew by name. I remember the helicopters, the airplanes that were landing every few minutes for days, the masks that we

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Isn’t the Hague Enough?

Earlier, we talked about The Hague and how it is more than just a city in Holland.  If you go over to this page and read the article about proposed changes that President Obama and his administration want to make to international adoptions, you’ll see 9 pages of information.   A very important point is at the bottom of page 2 and the top of page 3. Let me quote what that part says…… The State Department now wants to add another layer of accreditation for working in certain countries – something

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How Do You “Prevent” Orphans?

How Do You “Prevent” Orphans?

The first few times I heard the term “Orphan Prevention” I have to admit that my first reaction wasn’t positive.   Orphans are children, they are very vulnerable and often very fragile.    Do we really want to prevent them?   Isn’t that the type of thing that Germany in World War II was guilty of? Then I realized that wasn’t the type of thing that “orphan prevention” was referring to.  Whew, that made me feel better.   Let me walk you through the thinking behind the phrase…… Everyone has two parents

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The Vanderwell Rule of 50%

We’ve been talking a lot of numbers and statistics in terms of orphans, orphanages, numbers of adoptions and such. While I would not write about and reference numbers if I didn’t think they were either accurate or remotely close to the truth, I thought it might be good to introduce you to “The Vanderwell rule of 50%.” What does the Vanderwell Rule of 50% say? “If a statistic is being used to make or enforce belief in something and it is not from an immediately verifiable and credible source, then take that

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Who is an Orphan Anyway?

Who is an Orphan Anyway?

If you do a Google Search on the words, “orphan crisis” and read the first two or three headlines, it won’t take you long to see statistics like, “150 million orphans” or 147,000,000 orphans or things like that. Really bad and really scary statistics. But who really is an orphan? The definition that most big organizations (UNICEF) and others use as a way of attracting more support and more funding is pretty simple: If a child has: – One or fewer parents they are living with. – are considered vulnerable – to

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