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My blog posts have slowed considerably the last few days, as UNICEF has flexed its’ muscles in Haiti, encouraging the Haitian government to essentially shut down any adoption from that country.

Let us not feign surprise here.

UNICEF has been against international adoptions for a long time.  They speak with a fair amount of warm hearted goobly gook about the ‘best interests of the child’, as if anyone who disagrees with their conclusions must by definition be against the ‘best interests of the child’, but in the end, once you cut through all the verbiage, they’re simply not in favor.

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What would UNICEF do?   In their perfectly ordered world, an orphan child would go through a process to verify that it’s an actual orphan.  Then, they would try and match that child with an aunt, uncle or some other family member. If that fails, they look for another family in the country.  If none shows up, they would look for a foreign national living in the child’s country of origin.    If they can’t find a foreign national, then begrudgingly, they might be in favor of that child moving across a national border to a loving family.

I’m not sure what’s at stake here…the best interest of the child or the nation-pandering that UNICEF needs to engage in to keep this charade alive.

Let’s apply their logic and processes to….oh, let’s say Haiti.

Officially, there were 200 orphanages registered in Port-au-Prince alone in 2006.  That’s an official number…who knows how many unregistered orphanages existed, as registering with the Haitian government was something akin to painting “Hassle us!” on the sidewalk in front of your building.

Those orphanages were almost all at capacity, whether that capacity was 8 or 80.  Some children were adopted out – not as many as you’d expect though.

In 2008, only 301 children were adopted in the US. 301 children from a country with 200-plus orphanages in one city.   We were not emptying their streets of children.

We don’t have an exact number, but anecdotally, I can tell you, many of the kids were not ‘technical orphans’.  Most were given to the orphanage because a family member couldn’t care for them…and in many of those cases, they’d already been passed from family member to family member before the family gave up and asked the orphanage to take their child.

This is the ‘extended family’ that UNICEF wants to find for these kids…the same extended family that placed them in the orphanage.  It’s hard to fathom them greeting little Jean-Paul with “We’re so glad you’re back! We couldn’t care for you before the earthquake, but now, UNICEF is here!”.

After the extended family is ruled out, for some reason UNICEF thinks the kids would be better off staying in Haiti, even if with foreigners…as if to not live in Haiti might rob these children of an opportunity.  The opportunity to see sewage run in the streets or witness death everyday, perhaps.  After all, that is the bulk of Hatians’ experience right now, and will be for some time.  UNICEF doesn’t want a child to miss that rich cultural exchange.

UNICEF pulled this some years back in Romania.  Romanian adoption has since closed as they became convinced that they somehow could deal with the needs of their children by drawing on the resources of their impoverished country.

I won’t begin to describe the effect.  You can read this BBC acount of life in Romanian orphanages today.  As you read that story, remember, Romania is rich next to Haiti.

Again, I’m not proposing the US government scoop children off the streets – although that’s the language used to try and scare people into thinking Uncle Unicef knows best.

I’m for orderly, legal, and responsible adoption.

UNICEF is for more of what you see now.

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39 Responses

  1. THANK YOU for shedding light on this. I agree that UNICEF is doing much harm to children, for the sake of “keeping culture intact”. It’s such a farce. I think you would be hard-pressed to find any Haitian aging out of an orphanage who wouldn’t trade his Creole for having the chance to grow up in a loving family.

  2. I am so upset that I can’t form intelligent sentences right now. Yelling…yea… yelling about injustice is about all I’m good for.

  3. This is so disturbing. Thankyou for the enlightenment and your clear, concise words. I feel left with prayer as my only option right now and that is so frustrating. I see the mountain and I know God can move it but I still think we must pick up our shovels to do our part. In this case I don’t even know where to begin ‘shoveling’.

  4. so now what?

  5. Thanks for shedding light on this. I’ve heard the same excuse for not helping people living in Africa. “Their culture is rich and historical, and it is our responsibility to not interfere with it.” I wish there was a way to get through to people that “the Prime Directive” comes from a campy science fiction TV show and not from wisdom of Scripture.

  6. Sorry for double-commenting, but I’m steamed! It is this same flawed reasoning that has caused the majority of kids available for adoption in our own country to be minorities. White couples are told it’s not fair to take an African-American child out of “their culture”, and that somehow the child will suffer and be lacking something because the parents are white. In all my years of working with children, I’ve never come across one yet that prefers their racial identity above a loving family. To be loved and valued is one of the most basic needs, and it’s time we put that first, above all the rest of it… (Crawling down from my soapbox now…)

  7. Thank you. I only wish I could make people understand that just because an agency claims it is all about the kids that doesn’t mean that agency is always making its decisions with the children first.

  8. I’m with Sarah….now what?? Why do these people get to make the call, and who’s authority trumps theirs?

  9. Thank you for this clear posting. I have wondered about the “villages” UNICEF wants to set children up in? Aren’t these called SOS Villages? Do you know ? And I wonder too about UNICEF”S personal $$ income from these VILLAGES ie. (orphanages)?

    I sure would like small NGO’s in Haiti to be able to have UNICEF’s chunk of that 57 $$$$$ Million raised by the rock star concert for them. Then we would see it used well in Haiti…. grrr!

  10. Romanian adoptions were not stopped by UNICEF but rather by the EU and their representative assigned to guide Romania thru the process of admission to the EU (Emma Nicholson). While ill-informed and with no alternative plans for these kids, Ms. Nicholson did at least recognize that there was a tremendous problem with Romanian corruption as it related to IA.

    While it may seem cruel and heartless that the US and Haitian govts aren’t willing to simply evacuate these orphans, there are valid and very necessary reasons for this. Child trafficking (not only for the sex trade but also for adoption), splitting of families, removing these children from their homeland — these are all serious issues that need to be considered. They aren’t simply a UNICEF current PC spin on things. It is doubtful that these children will be allowed to leave the country in the near future and that for good reason.

    The children could, however, use strong support from passionate people like you. There are and will continue to be MANY opportunites to fund/build/support new schools, orphanages, and programs to help families raise these children w/in Haiti. I pray that you and your organization will look into continuing your work and love for the children of Haiti, even if the mission is slightly different than first envisioned.

  11. I served as a missionary in Romania for 2 years (06-08) I saw first hand the result of closed foreign adoption… And suffice it to say it is NOT good. Children who would thrive in an environment of loving parents are left to languish under government run care that it under-funded and under-appreciated by those in power. People in the villages are still selling vegetables on the road side to raise money to live on, using outhouses, hauling water from communal wells, and have limited electrical capability.
    And yet they are expected to “adopt” these children??

    This is not an acceptable situation. Romania never really made it to the headlines, Haiti is right now. We CANNOT let Haiti’s children languish because of politically correct thought and rhetoric.

  12. We have 3 families at our church waiting desperately to get 4 babies from Haiti- babies they met on a short-term trip in September. They have done all they can, considering the gov’t drags out the process 2 years or more on a good day – how will this EVER happen when the buildings are crushed, the documents gone, the employees dead?? I am all for protecting kids and families from unscrupulous traffickers and baby sellers, but please people, look at the situation and make some hard calls. Get those babies out of there, whatever it takes. We are trusting God for a miracle!

  13. Thank you for boldly stating the truth. Unicef did the same thing in Guatemala to the tune of $10 million to a govt and country that was in great need. As well was reform needed in the adoption system but Unicef’s “opinion” of what should be done has left that country shut down for 2 years, an infant mortality rate that is through the roof, newborns being found in garbage cans, toddlers and children starving on the streets and orphanages(that were already full) overflowing and of course none of that money is actually taking care of these children. Where are they(Unicef) now……..not in Guatemala helping care for the hungry, abandoned children but in Haiti doing the same thing. They will be gone from there as quickly as they can, leaving the same destruction and hopeless future for many children.

    I am on the same page as you with orderly, legal, honest adoptions. The US nor any other country need interfere or load children away from their home countries. But their are children that need a hope and deserve a future. Unicef isn’t about that in any way, shape, or form!!

  14. This is not a black and white issue. I live in Haiti and have for four years. I have adopted Haitian children. To entirely CLOSE DOWN a country is a death sentence in this case. It is a horribly unjust response and it is total B.S. – UNICEF will cause many children to suffer due to their lack of foresight and flexibility. To pressure the Haitian Gov’t to entirely shut down the border is asinine. The compromise should be made — if the child was placed in an orphanage and the birth family chose to abandon the child —- there should not be red-tape in the way of those children having a family in the USA or anywhere else. Of course safety guards should be put in place, of course it should be determined and proved that the child is actually an orphan …. but to refuse to allow any child to leave Haiti and be internationally adopted is a horrible thing. A lot of people could not feed their kids PRIOR to the earthquake. Haiti is going to take decades to recover from this. Leaving children in orphanages is a unloving, unjust, stupid way to respond.

  15. I would be willing to open my home right now to a Haitian child in need, even with reunification in mind once Haiti is back on its feet. However, I do understand that Haiti needs a future, and that its children need to be well taken care of and educated (in their own country) in order to ensure Haiti does have a future. But I think it is quite far-fetched to think that this country can pull it together enough for each and every child to live and prosper right now so that they can give back in the future. I think it should be a goal for them to build schools and orphanages where kids can be loved, provided for, and educated, but how many kids are going to suffer right now while the country rebuilds? The people in power are not thinking about each child with individual, basic human rights.

  16. Unicef had a hand in making adoption from Liberia difficult, if not impossible. Certainly, they weren’t responsible, but they sure caused problems.

    Thanks for this post, but it leaves me feeling frustrated. Why can’t UNICEF and all the adoption nay sayers out there understand the vast number of legitimate orphans in our world. So many that we should all weep and feel ashamed for not doing more.

  17. Thank you so much for exposing the true agenda of Unicef. I have been working diligently with our Senators and a Congressman to allow children, available for adoption pre-earthquake, to be airlifted out of Haiti and placed in homes whether temporarily or permanently via DFCS. This would allow the orphanages room for children with an unknown status at this time. However, Unicef and other organizations keep making it sound as though this is traumatic. Do they think living in tents among thousands of children and in the open fields isn’t traumatic. I think there is way more potential for harm on this children in this environment than that of a foster family being under the care of a foster care system or adoption agency.

  18. Guys, don’t underestimate the importance of culture. Don’t.

    I’ve been a visible minority in America and I’m now a visible minority in Asia (Korea) and let me tell you, when it comes to culture, a “loving family” is overrated. Plain and simple. Your family is your family. Society is NOT your family. That’s where the problem is.

    To address Dorean Beattie directly, there are LOTS of trans-racial/cultural adoptees who are pretty pissed about being taken out of their culture. We could all posit our opinions about why that is but that would be deflecting and denying the result of their experiences. The gracious thing to do is admit that everyone’s experience is not the same.

    Am I the only one who read Barack Obama’s “Dreams from my Father”? Barack had two half brothers whose mother was also white American. The first had NO interest in Kenya or their father’s family. He was quite content to live as an American. The youngest ran away from home in his teens to pretty much live on the street in Kenya. He desperately missed the culture and was traumatized by being taken away from it. He died there in a motorcycle accident.

    Here’s a quote from an article about an trans-racial adoptee:

    “I think it’s interesting that the state would be more interested in yanking a child away from his home than in helping to try to get utilities and other services to these homes,” White Hawk said.

    Pissed off adoptees here, here, here, and here.

    I’m rambling on and on about this because I believe you guys have the right heart…I have a heart for adoption as well…

    But reading through some of the comments here and elsewhere, it sounds like people are trying to FORCE their love on the people of Haiti and then feel resentful that it isn’t being received the way we’d like it to.

    Maybe “taking orphaned children out of the country” isn’t Haiti’s love language. Maybe it’s “rebuilding our infrastructure”. We have to respect that.

    What does that mean? No doubt, children will die and be trafficked in the meantime, as they are being in India, Sudan, Thailand, Brazil, and many other places the world over.

    God sees. He knows. His heart breaks even more than our own. I’m continuing to pray that God will give Haiti’s leaders wisdom and that we’ll continue to hear miraculous stories of children being taken to safe locations, provided for, and loved. For better or worse, it just may not happen how we expect it to.

  19. T-hype

    I’m a firm believer that nothing is as simple as it appears – including my perspective or yours. I do know it’ll be some time before Haiti is rebuilt. Long after these children are grown, that’s for sure.

    I don’t know about the others, but I did read President Obama’s “Dreams of my Father”. There’s a dog eared copy sitting here in my little home office. I’m not of the point your making from it. I found it full of the perils of fatherlessness, not multiracial adoption.

    Sincerley, forgive us for trying to make our experience yours, but don’t try and make your experience ours. It’s a big world with a lot of people and a lot of different experiences – as well as a lot of different factors as to why peoples’ lives are less than they hoped for. That goes for adopted children as well as the rest.

  20. The reality is shutting down adoption at this time in Haiti will not solve any of the current problems. Only a few children will be adopted anyway but at least they will have a chance. UNICEF has a huge hidden political agenda and in reality does not help the children. I never knew this until a few years ago. I always supported them. But never again — NUNCA MAS!

  21. “In calling Paul, God wanted the Gentiles to be saved.
    In commissioning Esther, the Jews would be rescued.
    In choosing Abraham, a nation was to be created through which the Savior would be born. And in sending Jesus, the Father allowed the worst possible torture–death on a cross–to draw all men to Himself.
    We were His purpose. The purpose was people in all situations.

    Moses, David, Paul, Esther…all felt ill-equipped. All used the most powerful weapon, prayer. God promises to provide for what He is calling you to do.

    In this generation, certain people have been assigned and entrusted to you, dear believer. Your unbridled obedience to God is paramount to their seeing the divine hand of God in their lives. So get busy with the program while keeping your eyes squarely on the people.”

    ~Priscilla Shirer

  22. Randy- this is an incredibly complicated issue. First let me mention that it is well documented that UNICEF has been seeking to end adoptions in Haiti for years which is why the adoption process went from a 1 year process to a 3-4 year process.
    I am not a fan of UNICEF at all but I think they rose to the occasion of acting from a platform of anti-trafficking because the church was SILENT for decades!
    I am the mother of 4 children through international adoption and my views on adoption have changed drastically as I have seen how decisions I make daily contribute to the orphan crisis. Para-church organizations are promoting adoption to families that for the most part are extremely under-equipped to adopt an older child internationally much less a child of multiple traumas like the children in Haiti. It grieves me to think of children dying because of UNICEF’s insistence that to stay in one’s culture is best. But to take a child that was not in process and to bring them to likely a white, non-french or creole speaking family that believes they saved them is grievous as well.
    I would love to see the church as a whole embrace orphan prevention so that a child can live with their family or a family of their culture. Of course this situation in Haiti is very different because of the sheer number of “orphans” that existed before the earthquake. UNICEF using this catastrophe to further their platform at the expense of children is reprehensible! But I think so many resources and mental energies could be better used figuring out how to care for children on the ground rather than spending so much on an ethically complicated issue like international adoption.
    BTW- you only mention Romania in your blog in regards to UNICEF but they have been successful in urging governments to close adoptions in Guatemala (even paying the Gov’t a large sum of money to do so), they have caused Liberia to choose to halt adoptions, are “flexing their muscle” in Ghana and are in Ethiopia as well.
    Check out the bio of Mrs. Bunker on this website and follow her assignments from Romania, to Guatemala and now to Ethiopia.
    http://www.hagueevaluation.com/about_us
    As thankful as I am to have my children I know that their losses are IMMENSE and the road they have ahead of them as the children of white parents is a hard one regardless of our faith and efforts to assure them of God’s purpose and plan for their lives.

  23. Randy, et al.,

    My comment probably didn’t make as much sense as it should have because it was so reactionary…Rebecca expressed my sentiments more gracefully.

    My primary point was that culture IS important.

    (I pointed out the Obama’s brothers to imply that while loss of culture may be disastrously important for one child, it may have no effect on another.)

    That is not in any way to imply that culture should be made a god, which is basically what UNICEF has done at the expense of designing programs that would deal with things properly—on a case-by-case basis.

    My reactionism was sparked by what I perceived as an “I am not aware of them, therefore they do not exist” comment by another reader concerning trans-racial adoptees who were unhappy about being taken from their own cultures.

    My polemic, was inot intended to be an attack on trans-racial adoption at large. There are folks (Randy, Rebecca, this guy) doing a great job parenting in that situation. It’s simply the idea of treating culture loss flippantly that I find abhorrent.

  24. Rebecca, Very well said.

  25. we adopted our 13 year old daughter from Haiti 11 years ago. It would seem simple to me to let families who have already been approved at some point to adopt internationally, to now adopt kids who were in orphanages prior to the earthquake. I guess what seems simple to me is not simple to the government.

  26. Like Rebecca, I am also the parent of IA kids. Maybe that is why I see this a little differently than simply “rescuing” kids.

    I think people need to look at UNICEF’s motivation for involvement in IA. In all of the countries mentioned, child trafficking and baby selling was well-documented as it relates to international adoption. Corruption was rampant, families were paid to place children for adoption, mothers were lied to or coerced, children were outright stolen. While the outright stoppage of IA was not the best solution, in many cases it was the only solution until the govts of these coutnries could get their act together. Romania’s children have suffered tremendously since the IA ban but even today, the corruption and lack of safeguards in that country would not allow IA to proceed ethically. The same is very true of Haiti at this time.

    In Haiti, there were over 300,000 “orphans” prior to the earthquake. But be very careful of the term “orphan”. Many were not legally free for adoption. The majority were simply children placed in the orphanages because parents couldn’t feed them. And what about those who were legally free prior to the earthquake? What if an aunt or uncle now wants to take that child in because they have lost their own? What if a parent has lost other children and would now want to raise the child who was one-too-many before? Wouldn’t that be in the best interest of the child?

    Until the issues and situations surrounding ALL the children in Haiti can be resolved, placing children for IA is risky business. Should IA continue down the road as a last resort answer for some of these children? Absolutely. But until then, UNICEF and other voices urging caution are looking out for the best interest of these children and the best interests of Haiti. There is plenty you can do to help these children in the meantime. Plenty. I, for one, really like Rebecca’s suggestion of orphan prevention. Why not redirect some of the “let us adopt these poor kids” energy toward preventing the orphans in the first place?

  27. My daughter was one of the lucky ones (301) who came to her forever home in 2008. It took 4 years to get her out. She was 4 when we met her and 8 when she came home. Her adoption was expedited because she has a Brain Tumor. UNICEF was at work in Haiti and their policies slowed our process down. Since coming home she has had 3 brain surgeries and is getting chemo-therapy. Thanks for the suffering UNICEF. Here is link to her story. http://www.finishwellmusic.com/yverline.html.

  28. I think most parents of minority children are aware that race is a major issue. If we sound flippant, I would imagine it’s a reaction to the idea that race/culture somehow trumps the developmental need a child has for nurture. UNICEF and others hold this view. It is maddening, as a parent who has seen the attachment issues orphans face, to think that there are people pushing to let these children grow up parentless because they grapple with racial identity issues later on.

  29. Randy, been reading your tweets about UNICEF with amusement, mixed with slight concern – so having read your post, here’s my thoughts on the subject.

    Yes, clearly, UNICEF is a governmental behemoth which is swaddled in layers of beauracratic nonsense. The centralized, monopolistic structure prevents organic and grassroots efforts from serving to their full capacity. They are inevitably (as all government organizations) dedicated significantly to their own self-preservation and butt-covering. They waste money on research that will shed a positive light upon their efforts and serve fewer children because of it.

    But, they are stable and consistent, predictably so – and large numbers of children have been served by them.

    I wonder if the level of our rhetoric is helpful. Frankly, UNICEF, has been doing a lot more than anyone within the church (maybe there is some Catholic presence – not sure).

    Additionally the value of NOT removing kids from their social and cultural contexts (if they can find safety ‘at home’) is a value I wholeheartedly support. I have no desires to reawaken colonialism. It was a bad idea, it didn’t work.

    Randy, you imply that it is better for them in the US because in Haiti they they, “see sewage run in the streets or witness death everyday…UNICEF doesn’t want a child to miss that rich cultural exchange.” I see this as a charicature of a country that inevitably contains thousands of loving, servant hearted people who have the welfare of children as their life vision. Haiti is not a country which will be filled with sewage and death forever (I hope).

    Though their physical and medical needs can likely be met more fully in the States – we have our own sins which will inevitably bear down on any child who comes home here.

    Additionally UNICEF has reasons not to trust the church. They have witnessed its neglect and at times its abuse. Where many in UNICEF have been in the trenches for decades – most in the Western church have been at Starbucks lamenting the downturn in their 401(k).

    To put it bluntly: I really don’t think UNICEF is the enemy. I do wholeheartedly agree that what children really need is a loving Father – not a administratively organized Big Brother – but I’d invite us to cut them a little slack, they don’t know Jesus. They are not filled with power from the inside – in spite of that they’re doing something at least.

    I applaud anyone who gets children (and women) out of any kind of bondage and keeps them safer and healthier than they were the day before – UNICEF has helped kids. I thank God for that.

  30. Not impressed with UNICEF. They actually say they have one agenda, and then turn and do things that don’t match their agenda. Today they moved patients from the Comfort ship to their own little camp. This was AFTER the Comfort ship wrote to many medical missions on the ground and specifically asked us to come get the patients and bring them back to our clinics for follow up and then return them home.

    UNICEF has a savior complex and they do not have the best interest of the individual at heart … if they did – what we saw today would not have happened.

    Power corrupts. Absolute power absolutely corrupts.

    UNICEF has too much power … and is corrupt.

  31. t-hype,

    You quote this from a transracially adopted child…..

    “I think it’s interesting that the state would be more interested in yanking a child away from his home than in helping to try to get utilities and other services to these homes,” White Hawk said.

    …..but no one here is talking about Haitian orphans who have been ripped from their homes by anyone. I have adopted two Haitian orphans who were lovingly placed in an orphanage when they were 4 and 6 years old by their widowed mother, who has 5 additional children still with her in Haiti. We have maintained contact with her and recently, 7 years after their adoption, we reuinted our children with her while visiting Haiti. She was joyful to see them so healthy and happy! She openly speaks of her other children as being a burden to her, for whom she cannot provide, I’ve spent lots of time with my childrens’ mother and have never doubted how much she loves them.

    You are absolutely right…everyone’s experience is not the same, but truthfully, I can never imagine my children being “pissed off” that they were taken out of their culture. They remember very difficult things about their early life and know that their Haitian mom loved them so much that she chose to spare them from suffering. That said, we do everything we can to encourage and connect them with the beauty of their home culture, at great expense.

    Rebuilding the infrastructure and keeping families intact whenever possible is everyone’s goal…certainly mine. But when a Haitian mother chooses adoption, or a child is parentless…. those children should be adoptable and as soon as possible. Growing up parentless in an overcrowded orphanage doesn’t seem to be a favorable option above the overrated “loving family” against which you caution us.

    That’s just our story….and I know it is not necessarily the norm, but it represents another side that I hope you will consider. To my children and their birthmother in Haiti adoption was and still is a very loving option.

  32. Not one of us who have been through IA are against that the priority after disaster needs to be family reunification FIRST. The issue here is that UNICEF has all but said they see IA as a type of human trafficking. They have also said that they see it as a last resort to helping to care for orphans.

    What I want people to think about is their value system. Make a decision here based on YOUR personal values. Do you value your CULTURE more then you value FAMILY? If you do… then support UNICEF. But if you believe that children can be best served in a family enviornment… and that should be a priority OVER culture (UNICEF believes in Family too… but they believe in CULTURE first). Then UNICEF is the organization you should support.

  33. […] (and money), and when they put the pressure on, Haiti complies. There is a lot to be said about UNICEF’s views. There is an essay brewing there – but for now, the short version is that UNICEF would prefer […]

  34. […] (and money), and when they put the pressure on, Haiti complies. There is a lot to be said about UNICEF’s views. There is an essay brewing there – but for now, the short version is that UNICEF would prefer […]

  35. The cases that UNICEF is interfering in at the moment are cases in which the children were determined eligible for adoption prior to the earthquake. They have identified adoptive parents with approved homestudies and in-depth background checks. They have been IN the process of adoption and have paperwork to prove this. These children’s lives hang in the balance while UNICEF promotes their own political agenda. This is not acceptable. Please read Ronel’s story: http://thehowertons.blogspot.com/2010/01/prayers-for-ronel.html and be willing to speak up for him.

  36. As one who is just not entering the world of international adoption in Ethiopia, I find this discussion fascinating.

    This is a bit off topic but does anyone but me find it interesting that Angelina Jolie is UNICEF’s spokesperson, considering she is an IA mom?

  37. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/us_quake_haiti_arrests

    This is what Haiti (and UNICEF) are trying to prevent. While these folks may have been well-intentioned and not traffickers, the result is the same.

    I continue to pray for the children of Haiti and support groups who are on the ground, holding down the fort until things can be sorted out in the best interest of the children.

  38. I would recommend going to Unicef’s website and leaving a comment regarding this. Let them know it will affect their future fund raising.

  39. No, Lisa. It’s not the same. It’s not the same at all. People smuggling kids across an international border have nothing to do with the hundreds of parents sleeping on the embassy floor trying to complete a legal and legitimate adoption. Straw man argument. UNICEF absolutely should be monitoring the illegal removal of kids – a better use of their time than meddling at the embassy as the state department tries to process kids with registered adoptive parents.

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