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Thursday, April 11th, 2013
Six years ago today, my husband and I officially put our hats (and about 75 pages of documents) into the ring in the hopes of adopting a second child from China. And if we hadn’t been lucky enough to find our daughter on our adoption agency’s list of children with known medical needs, we would still be waiting for China to match us with our child—with no end in sight to our wait. (Currently, the people at the “front” of the line for adopting from China have already been waiting six and a half years.)
We are not an anomaly, as a new documentary, Stuck, shows in dramatic detail. New regulations put into place by the U.S. and other countries to help stop corruption in international adoption haven’t been as successful at stopping it as everyone had hoped. Instead, it’s slowed down the process to adopt a child to the point where it now takes nearly 3 years to complete an adoption—and it’s led to many more children growing up in institutions, where they are often neglected and left ill-equipped for life after the orphanage. The documentary offers sad glimpses of life in the orphanages in Vietnam, Ethiopia, Romania and Haiti—and tells the stories of several families who were “stuck” at various points in their adoption stories.
I have to admit—the trailer for the documentary made me worry it was a little bit too much in the vein of “Let the Americans come in and save these poor orphans.” But after watching the movie, it’s clearly more balanced. Its message is that every child should have a family—and if one isn’t available in a child’s home country, if there’s another family with open arms across the border, let the child go there rather than languish in an orphanage.
If you’re considering international adoption—or know someone who is—definitely check this movie out. It’s a great way to get a real sense of what’s happening in international adoption right now.
Friday, March 5th, 2010
Watching special videos isn’t likely to help your baby acquire language—and it may, in fact, hamper her efforts. HealthDay
What it’s like to be a child with sensory processing disorder. Boston Globe
Are American kids little more than models for their parents’ digital photo library? New York Times
Sign your kids up for music lessons! Playing an instrument may boost their smarts, according to recent research. Los Angeles Times
Haiti quake brings international adoption into the spotlight: an adoptee argues its merits. Newsweek
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Categories: Babies, Behavior, Health & Safety, News, Your Child | Tags: adoption, baby videos, Haiti, language, Music, photos, sensory processing disorder
Monday, February 8th, 2010
I am a lover of holidays, especially the holiday of love. So it’s no surprise that in the years I was single I started my own Valentine’s Day tradition, sending messages to say “I love you,” to all the honeys in my life: both my grandmas, my sister, my best friend (living two cities away), you get the idea.
This year I’m happy to say I found the perfect Fair Trade Cards, made in Haiti by members of the sewing cooperative, Cooperative d’Artisanat. Not only are they gorgeous and hand-beaded but when you buy these or any Haitian product through eBay World of Good, 10% of the proceeds go to UNICEF.
Spread the love!
Friday, January 22nd, 2010
Aid groups worry that adoptions of Haitian children may be too hasty. CNN
When strokes strike kids: A dad’s diary. New York Times
Confused by concussions? You’re not alone. HealthDay
Should you or shouldn’t you? Both the CDC and AAP weigh new evidence pointing to the benefits of circumcision as they consider new recommendations. The Washington Post
How plugged in are your children? Kids are consuming almost 8 hours of media a day, finds a new study. Los Angeles Times
Michelle Obama takes on the fight against fat with a new childhood obesity initiative to launch next month. USA Today
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