Finding the Right Words for Haiti…
This past week we have found ourselves glued to our tv sets gripped with the realities of the earth quake in Haiti. We’ve seen buildings completely obliterated, and death everywhere. Some have been rescued but most are suffering.
There have been several campaigns to raise money for Haiti in our backyards and many on the national and international levels. And now, I’m starting to receive email from adoption agencies saying that we should donate.
Only a week after this traumatic tragedy, Americans are talking about adoption. Yesterday’s CNN headlines babbled on about ~45 Haitian children being adopted by Pennsylvanian families. And now, there are more and more adoption agencies jumping on the bandwagon to get children to the US as fast as possible. How do I feel about it? I have been struggling to find the words to explain how I feel about the ramifications of this horrible tragedy. But after only a week, these “alleged” orphans are being flown to their new families in the US. In a country whose infrastructure has been almost completely weakened, who in Haiti is helping facilitate these adoptions? Can we be sure they are conducting legitimate adoptions when so much of the country is scrambling to find its bearings?
Just caught wind of this blog post about Haiti. Takes many of the words right out of my mouth.