I never thought I would be an international adoption advocate. I used to think of all the children here that need homes, I didnt need to worry about some other country's kids. The fact is, there are children everywhere that are needing to be loved. We are ALL of the human race. My country's children are the same as any other country's children They feel the same. They hurt the same. They love the same. The only difference is we are lucky and blessed..SO very blessed to live in this great country. We don't "throw away" our babies just because they have a slight or sometimes severe disability. We have the knowledge and understanding that these sweet children have every opportunity to live a full life. It takes our example as Americans to show the rest of the world, and prove to them that these children ARE wanted. What they abandoned as an imbecile at a hospital we willingly spend 35,000 dollars to take in as our own.
I hate when I tell people about these children and they say "You can't save them all" or "You can't change everything"
That ticks me off about as much as when I tell people I have 4 kids and they say "You know what causes that don't you?!"
I HATE that!!!! Seriously, just don't talk!
The truth is, we can save them. Maybe not right away, but we can.
We can educate and show by example that these children ARE worth something. A recent adopting family said that when they went to Easter Europe that someone over there told them that because of the Americans adopting so many HIV+ children from there
that it has opened THEIR eyes that these children ARE worth having, and loving...they must be if the Americans want them so bad. Now people in EE are adopting their own orphans with HIV, which was unheard of not too long ago.
Ive been thinking alot of the movie A Time to Kill. The very end of the movie has a powerful court scene. The defense attorney (Matthew Mcconauhey) is defending (Sam L Jackson) for killing the white men who unimaginably brutalized his little innocent daughter.
In his last statement he tells the jury to close their eyes and "picture a little girl 10 years old walking down the street on a sunny day.....Two men drunk pull over and grab her"......he tells in detail of the horrible things they did to her. The jury, with their eyes closed and tears begining to run down their faces, listens as he describes this innocent little girl's torture. He then says
***************************************************************************Now, imagine she's white."
Everytime I see a little girl or boy...
Can you imagine how scared they must be. Especially those that may be blind. It makes me sick to my stomach.
I think of their lives changing forever. I think of the fear they feel. The hunger they feel, physically and mentally. Only 10% of these sweet little angels will live past the first year here. No medical treatment, no comforting, no playing. I can picture it
I picture my Hopie.
That could be MY little girl. My sweet, happy, innocent loving, smart, AMAZING little girl.
Can you see her?
Could you visualize her like this.....
I didn't make it through this video. I have tried to watch it several times over the past year, and have yet to make it through it.
It is just crazy that I was never aware of this ...of places like this....I cannot imagine....
Are we really still living in "a time to kill?"
These babies have the right to love. The people of these countries have the right to be educated. Everyone doesn't have to adopt....or give tons of money.....but we as people..as Americans should be educated also.
When this is all said and done, when I bring home my little girl, and give her a loving home, I hope I can find a way to help others be able to help. Wouldn't it be nice to have a database of companies, or people willing to sponsor a "special needs" adoption, and a list of people wanting to "special needs"adopt and put them all together. A big FAT special needs adopting match.com :)
What?...It could happen!!
Then again, we all have so much going on, and we have problems of our own- and if we don't think about it, it won't bother us, and it'll just go away...
Plus... someone else will do it.