It’s been brought to my attention that the link I gave for Safe Families Haiti does not match the text I quoted. That’s because the site I pulled that text from has been taken down. But luckily it’s available in cache..
I’d like to thank my commenter Jill for pointing it out to me.
If you read through the enteries you’ll find all kinds of interesting craziness.
Gee, I wonder why they took that down?
In my place somewhere in the middle of the adoption world, I get to explore many different perspectives on every issue. Things bubble up, points are made, and very little ever seems to change. This has intensified in the last few days, just this morning I found these on my Twitter feed.
First an organization called Safe Families Haiti, whose mission is stated as…
Safe Families is a network of Christian families that extend a safety net to children by providing at-risk families a sanctuary where they can place their children in a time of crisis. As a voluntary, non-coercive alternative to the state child welfare system, SFFC temporarily relieves parents from the responsibility of caring for their child and provides them time to address life issues without the fear of losing custody. Children are cared for by volunteer host families that are screened, trained, and serve to demonstrate Christ’s transforming love.
..seems to be looking for anyone who wants to take a Haitian child. Here’s their website..
Sounds OK, right? A bit churchy, but non-coercive, and temporary. Just what may be needed while families of Haitian children get their lives back in order after a terrible disaster.
Their next message reads like this….
Because of the response of families who desire to adopt children, we no longer need families who are interested in temporary housing. We are looking to place all children we receive with families who are considering adoption.
So I guess it’s just to hell with the temporary stuff, and you get to keep the kid.
All kinds of problems there.
But as I said, I’m in the middle, so I got this on my Twitter feed too.
Reading that, if not really changing anything about the situation, made me feel better. I’m not just imagining this becoming some kind of free-for-all for ravenously entitled PAPs.
And you know what the really bad thing is? The above blog is about folks who were already involved in the process of adopting from Haiti.
Just think of the kids who weren’t matched, who won’t have any paperwork, who might have families that will come looking for them, and find nothing.
What is wrong with people? Folks can’t just help a kid out? They have to get to keep them? That’s hardly selfless, or well thought out.