“A little bird” told me that Senator Landrieu is heading down to Guatemala today in yet another attempt to light a fire under the “damp” people who are not releasing the over 200 children whose adoptions were started in 2007, and were supposed to be grandfathered under the old adoption system and united with their adoptive parents in the U.S. over four years ago.
Landrieu is not only honest, hard working and tenacious, but also patient – a lot more patient than I. It may be time for a hunger strike in front of the CNA (Guatemalan adoption authorities) in Guatemala or the White House. Right now the Guatemalan 900 website is organizing polite letters to Hillary Clinton hoping many will participate and bring about more serious action.
But to the Guatemalan authorities I say: “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! LET THOSE CHILDREN JOIN THEIR WAITING FAMILIES IN THE U.S.”
A while back I posted a blog on a family that attempted to have an open adoption with the birth parents of their adopted child from Guatemala. It did not go well and there is no contact between them.
This blog is about family “X” (they prefer to remain anonymous) who decided to search for their son’s birthparents after he requested it. He was a young teen at the time. This family used a professional searcher and the birth mother was found quite quickly. The whereabouts of the birth father are unknown to the birth mother – apparently he left her shortly after he found out that she was pregnant.
The first meeting between the adoptive family and their son was facilitated by the searcher at a quiet spot in Guatemala City. The adoptive parents speak fluent Spanish so they communicated easily with the birth mother who also speaks Spanish. Some of the birth mothers from the indigenous population do not speak much Spanish.
Dr. Jane Aronson used to be referred to as the “adoption doc” because she has evaluated over 10,000 children adopted from abroad. Additionally she has consulted with adoptive parents about their referrals. We are one of these families who consulted with Dr. Aronson when we got the referral for our daughter. Another adoption doctor suggested we turn down the referral; I was not in agreement with this doctor and thankfully turned to Dr. Aronson (who signs all her emails “Jane”) who reassured me that the tiny baby in the photo would be just fine.
Jane and her partner have three adopted children between them – one from a domestic adoption and two from intercountry adoptions (Vietnam and Ethiopia). In addition to starting WWO (World Wide Orphans), being an outspoken leader in adoption medicine, she runs a private practice for International Pediatric Health Services in New York and is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Cornell University.
Reading a recent interview with Jane on the “Washington Times Communities” was inspiring. Jane has solutions for the millions of worldwide orphans and if she has enough resources she can make miracles happen. In 1997 Jane started the Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO) which "focused on supporting local efforts and developing programs in country to assist orphans around the world.”After going on medical missions Jane realized just how doomed orphaned children are. She saw the need to address the social-psycho aspects of growing up in an orphanage as well as the physical ones. Jane’s first project for WWO was in Russia and Eastern Europe because she felt that orphans there were in the worst of situations. They seemed to live in orphanages for longer periods of time, were greatly impacted by fetal alcohol syndrome, and had the most “complex psychological issues.”Jane says that she met with a lot of resistance in these countries initially but because WWO helps children and families in the communities around the orphanages she and WWO gained support.