WASHINGTON, May 10, 2014 — On Friday, May 17 Washington will host a major social justice march when an estimated 1,000 people from around the country converge to bring attention to the broken international adoption system.
The Step Forward for Orphans March is intended to draw attention to the need for reform of the international adoption system. Currently, international adoptions are at all time low and there is little light on the horizon. The few countries from which Americans can still adopt have dwindled to a handful, and even those are now processing adoptions at a trickling pace. Bureaucratic wrangling and administrative delays have caused this crisis.
The result? Millions of children stuck are in orphanages with little to no hope of ever joining permanent families.
The organizers of the march, an organization called Both Ends Burning, which focuses on working towards solution and reforms in adoption, hope that the march — the first of its kind — will raise awareness of the plight of orphaned children around the world.
Marchers will meet at Washington Monument at noon and proceed to Senate Park. Many of those marching plan to visit the offices of elected officials after the march to urge reform.
A few lawmakers have been champions of these voiceless children. Others have remained willfully blind to the issue. The goal of the march to Capitol Hill is to encourage other lawmakers to focus their attention on the issue.
Senator Mary Landrieu, long a champion of children, will be introducing new legislation addressing the U.S. role in international adoption and how we can improve our process and help more orphans get into permanent families.
In addition to next Friday’s march, there is an online petition for signatures that will be presenting to president Obama and the Secretary of State, urging action on behalf of these stranded children.
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