Tuesday, June 21, 2011

An awful adoption situation, still hoping for a happy ending

In 2008, 65 children were about to be adopted from Kyrgystan by U.S. and Canadian families when the unexpected suspension of all adoptions ended their chances to be united with their adoptive parents. My longtime dear IRL friend Suzanne is one of the adoptive parents affected. That year, she was matched with a beautiful baby girl named Diana. Suzanne traveled to Kyrgystan and bonded with her. She waited for the chance to bring her home, expecting that her court date would occur six to eight weeks after the referral.
There were multiple delays. And then, devastating news that Kyrgystan had halted all international adoptions.
That was two years ago. In the meantime, the government has determined that all 65 children are legal orphans and two sets of new laws have been drafted but not implemented. But two of the children have already died due to inadequate medical care. The others remain in orphanages, far from the families who are eager to love them. Suzanne has made numerous trips overseas to visit Diana, but heartbreakingly has had to leave her behind each time. I wrote about her nightmare situation back in April, 2010, hoping that things would soon improve. But unfortunately, her little girl still isn't home. 
Suzanne with Diana, age 22 months in this photo (now age 3)
Suzanne has actively lobbied congress and the parliament in Kyrgyzstan, meeting with officials in both countries four times. She also produced this video, which was translated into Russian and widely distributed within the Kyrgyz and U.S. governments (makes me cry every time I watch it). Even CNN recently picked up the story. 

The families’ advocacy efforts have been led by Joint Council on International Children’s Services. This organization has now created a targeted advocacy program on behalf of the waiting children and parents, called the Kyrgyz 65 campaign.
This past year, the Kyrgyz 65 were awarded
the 2010 Outstanding Child Advocate Award at Joint Council’s annual conference in New York.
 They are working now – through the Joint Council  to raise funds to step up efforts to bring these children home. To give them what all children deserve: a safe, loving, permanent family. 
If you'd be willing to help Suzanne and the Kyrg 65 in their efforts, please stop by their fundraising page. Will and I have. Hopefully, my friend Suzanne - and the other waiting families - can turn a corner and bring their children home. Three years in an orphanage instead of with a loving family is three years way, way too long.  


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  1. Yes, I have "heard" of this story here as well up here in Canada. It was about the time I was "exploring" international adoption. Such a heartbreaking story. It just never seems to end for some...sucks.

  2. I remember the story when it broke and again when you blogged about your friend. I didn't continue to follow the developments and can't believe that situation is at the standstill it is, still.

    Godspeed to your friend and I admire her in so many ways.

  3. Ugh, what is wrong with people! How infuriating.

  4. awful and heartbreaking. but really? I want to shove this story into all the faces of the uninformed people who say, when you're ART isn't working, "why don't you try to adopt instead???"

  5. Hello! I know you don't know me, but we've got something in common. I got your blog address off the Stirrup Queen's blogroll and was wondering if you wouldn't mind helping me help a couple who is trying to add a little one to their family. We're holding a silent auction for them this weekend (Friday and Saturday) on goteamwitt.blogspot.com and need help getting the word out! We would love it if you would spread the word via social media or here on your blog. Additionally, we are always looking for more donations to auction off, so if you or someone you know might be interested in making a donation, all the information is under the donate tab. If you have any questions or would be willing to post a pre-written blog post about the auction and the sponsored couple, please contact Kristin at goteamwitt@gmail.com Thanks in advance for taking the time to consider this!

  6. Such a sad story. I hope those children are swiftly reunited with their US adoptive families.

    Totally agree with Alyssa - this one will be in my arsenal for the next a-hole that tells me to JUST ADOPT.

  7. Well,,, that is the spirit,, when you are unable to produce one,, adoption is the best option as it gives you new life and a new life to other one as well.


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