NEW YORK, October 18, 2011— “If we shut down international adoptions, that’s 5,000 kids a year whose lives we are ruining, whose lives could have been wonderful, and we’re dooming them by shutting them into these institutions. So, to me, that’s fundamental evil.”
Think Harvard law professor Elizabeth Bartholet is being hyperbolic?
You won’t after watching the following video by producers Paul Feine and Alex Manning for Reason TV, the video journalism wing of Reason Magazine and the Reason Foundation.
“We started Reason TV four years ago in collaboration with executive producer and sometimes host, Drew Carey,” explains Feine.
The film came about when Feine and Manning were on assignment in Guatemala.
“We went to Guatemala during Semana Santa to shoot several different short programs and when we heard about what was happening with adoptions in Guatemala, we jumped on the story,” Feine explains. “Friends at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin put us in touch with Madre Ines Ayau [a Russian Orthodox nun who appears in the film] and the rest is history.”
Guatemala was widely acknowledged as having one of the safest, most child-friendly and successful international adoption programs in the world. In 2007 alone, nearly 5,000 abandoned children found permanent homes around the world. But then, under pressure from UNICEF, the Guatemalan government shut down international adoptions and created a centrally controlled adoption agency with a plan to promote in-country adoptions.
That plan has been an abject failure. Last year, just 35 children were adopted. Thousands of others languish in state run orphanages or are homeless.
To learn more about what you can to help these children, contact the Guatemala 900 . This group is dedicated to advocating expediated safe and transparent adoptions.
Andrea is an adoptive mother and a journalist. She is at work on a book, “The Red Thread,” a collection of stories told by families united through adoption. She is also owner of Media Branding International, a public relations/media consulting firm. Read more The Red Thread: An Adoptive Family Forum in The Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Andrea at Twitter @ANDPOE. and @Andrea Poe and can also be found on LinkedIn. She is also the editor of Food & Travel at The Communities at The Washington Times.
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