Russian Adoption – Call to Action for Adoptive Parents

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I wanted to pass on this message that I received:

Dear Families,

The outrageous treatment of Artyem by his adoptive family has rightfully resulted in outrage by the Governments of Russia and the United States and all who care about children. The tragedy has cast a light on inter-country adoption that says it is not safe, the system failed and adopted children cause insurmountable problems. The heartbreak of Artyem Saviliev’s abandonment has once again elevated a singular incident to a level which may result in the suspension of inter-country adoption. Suspending adoption, even temporarily, will only cause thousands of children to suffer the debilitating effects of life in an orphanage.

You, the community of adoptees, adoptive parents, adoptive grandparents, child welfare professionals and child advocates know that the outrageous and indefensible actions of one parent are not indicative of how children are treated by adoptive families. You know that families who encounter difficulties do not simply abandon their child. You know that help is available, that solutions are found and that families can thrive. And you know that suspending adoption does not protect children but only subjects them to the depravity of an institution…and an entire life without a family.

You, the adoption community know the truth. You live the truth. You are the truth.

WACAP encourages you to join the Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS’s) campaign and sign the petition to bring the truth to light and help children in need find a permanent and safe family.

Our mailing address is:

World Assn for Children & Parents (WACAP)

PO Box 88948
Seattle, WA 98138

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