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A Bus, A Plane and a 6 Letter Word

As we talked in the last article, the number of international adoptions that have come into the United States have dropped precipitously over the last 12 years.   There appear to be similar drops to other countries as well, so it doesn’t appear to be strictly a United States issue. I’m going to briefly tell you the basics of three different stories that illustrate and have had a significant impact on the politics of international adoptions.   They have to do with a bus to Idaho, a plane to Russia and a 6

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These Aren’t Just Numbers, They Are Real Kids……

These Aren’t Just Numbers, They Are Real Kids……

One of the disturbing statistics in the article about adoption that we’ve been talking about (and will be – see here) has to do with the number of international adoptions.   According to the article, here’s some statistics to consider: In 2000, 18,856 children were adopted into the United States from other countries (international adoptions) In 2004, that number had risen to its peak of 22,989 children. In 2015, that number had plummeted to 5,647 children – the lowest since 1981. Three thoughts about these statistics: If you go to the State

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Not Easy to Read, Not Easy to Write…..

In the last post, I told you we were going to be taking a look at some hard questions and why it is important that we do what we can to make the world a better place for vulnerable children AND their families. You can read that post at Did You Ever Wonder? A lot of the thoughts that I’m going to be writing about and wrestling with originated from two articles that prompted a lot of thoughts, a lot of questions and a lot of writing. I took the liberty to

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Did You Ever Wonder?

Did you ever wonder why? Why are there orphanages? Why are there parents who can’t take care of their kids? Why are there situations where parents believe their child would be better off in an orphanage than with them? Why it takes so long to finalize an adoption? Why there is this thing called Reactive Attachment Disorder? Did you ever wonder?   Did you ever wonder what? What happens to a child when they grow up in an institution rather than in a family? What happens to parents who know they gave

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Orphan Prevention and Adoption – Can You Support Both?

Orphan Prevention and Adoption – Can You Support Both?

Orphan Prevention – doing things that prevent children from becoming orphans. What sort of “things” might those be? Here’s a sample list….. Job Creation Medical Care Schooling Emergency Housing Assistance Those are all things that help families stay together and prevents them from having to bring their children to an orphanage because they can’t care for them. If you have a decent paying job, you can afford to feed your children. If you have a decent paying job, you can afford to take your child(ren) to the doctor. If you have a

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Trauma – It’s Not Just on the Battlefield…..

Trauma – It’s Not Just on the Battlefield…..

This is going to start a series of articles that are going to look at Trauma and its role in raising kids. If you had asked me to define trauma 15 years ago before we began the adoption process, my answer most likely would have consisted of two parts: Injuries that occur because of war – bombs, bullets and such. Injuries that occur because of accidents – car accidents, falling off the roof accidents, lawnmower accidents, tornadoes and so forth. Well, I probably would have gotten at best a “C” grade on that question.  

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Perspective

Perspective

Often by this time of year, I begin to feel a bit disconnected.  Living here in the States and only going to Haiti once or twice a year makes it hard to stay focused.  To remember why we do what we do.  Out of sight, out of mind, so to speak. Wednesday evening, I got on Facebook and saw this – “One of the precious twins in the daycare, Darline died today. Cami Franklin and I first met her on a walk in the neighborhood when she was just born living in

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How to AID without AIDing

How to AID without AIDing

So, previously, we talked about AID and whether it was a four letter word or not. Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t.  That’s pretty much as clear as mud isn’t it?  Well, go back and read what I wrote last time, that might help you see through the challenges. But now I want to talk about something a little different. It’s still about helping.  But it’s about aiding responsibly and aiding without hurting. Many people would describe what I’m talking about as “socially responsible shopping.” Yes, help the victims of a

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#GivingTuesday – Can You Help The Apparent Project?

Black Friday Small Business Saturday Cyber Monday #Giving Tuesday Four days out of five. And they are all about money.   On Black Friday, they want you to run around like a crazy person spending money. On Small Business Saturday, they want you to go to Joe’s Bakery down the street and buy something to support small businesses. On Cyber Monday, they want you to go on Amazon during your lunch break at work and buy more. And then we all take a breath. And look around.   It’s #GivingTuesday.    What’s

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Is “AID” a Four Letter Word?

Is “AID” a Four Letter Word?

Obviously not from a numerical sense.   But then you know that wasn’t what I was talking about. Is AID a bad thing?  Is there such a thing as good AID?   Or does all of it have long term ramifications that cause more problems than it is worth? Let’s look at four ways that AID is a good thing and then three things to watch out for in terms of AID. AID is a good thing in times of natural or even man made disasters.  A recent Washington Post article quoted

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