JCICS has a blog. A recent post has asked for the opinion of the readers. What do you think is the definition of an orphan? What is the definition of the needs of a child. Suprisingly the answers you may have and the answers some others come up with are quite different! Below is my reply!!! Not a little bit synical though.
UNICEF- now there is an interesting organization. Everyone seems to know who UNICEF IS, and that UNICEF helps children. But do they really? Or are they a charade of an organization that has extreme power and an extreme backing of financial resources that SAYS they help children. In my own opinion UNICEF is an extremist organization with members similar to the PETA group of extremists. I do not agree with their views on what child is an orphan and that orphans are better off in their own society and culture. My belief is that a definition of an orphan is a child who has been left (regardless of why) without the care of a parent or guardian who is capable to provide for the child’s needs. Every child should have the right to a family. Whether that family be true blood relative, friends down the street who have chosen to raise a child as their own, or an adoptive family from 7000 miles across the globe. If a child has been deprived of the gift of a family, he or she should be allowed the opportunity for a family to be found. A child’s well being should include love and family. Research has shown the affects of children growing up in institutions. Internationally and as human beings are we not wise enough to understand when solid research says that a large majority of orphans who age out of institutions will either become criminals, be victimized by trafficking, or prostitution or will commit suicide by the time they are adults. Only a very small percentage of children will actually be lucky enough to find an adoptive family. Domestic or International. So why then are there so many organizations that are so willing to make it even harder for a child without a home, without a mother or father figure, without proper food, a sense of self, education, without love determined to make it even harder for a child? Maybe one day UNICEF can answer that to the children.
Hmm. Not a little bit resentful about UNICEF am I
Monday, February 22, 2010
To all who followed this regularly I really must apologize. I feel so bad for NOT writing. But I feel that I would mostly be reiterating the same hurtful saga over and over. We still wait daily. We still hope daily... We still PRAY daily... For now... We just are.
The last two weeks has been up and down. We were hopeful for some news this week. Another date that was given to us has come and gone. Three waiting mothers accompanied by Tom from JCICS spent 1-2 weeks meeting with some high ranking officials in Kyrgyzstan. They met with everyone and anyone who would give them an audience. We were told every meeting was about the same. Everyone wanted to see our waiting kids united. But yet everyone has their hands tied. Powerless to make a change. So... as soon as we regroup from yet another delay we will move on to the next phase. Operation Secretery of State Hilary Clinton. More on that as it develops.
While Suzanne, Lisa, Teresa, and Tom were in Kyrgyzstan they also had the chance to meet EVERY one of our waiting kids. They threw parties big and small for each individual groupa, at each orphanage they visited. One larger Bday party was thrown for one of the children in Noodle's group. So a wonderful party complete with cake, and gifts was had by all. Oh how I wish I could have been there. The good news is we have new photos. Bittersweet. It appears that Miss Noodle is still very tiny. Maybe she has not grown out of some of those girlie clothes hanging in her closet after all? yet again... snippets of photos... Thanks Suzanne, Lisa, Teresa, Tom, S and K for hugging and kissing our little miss.