I just had an opportunity to read a new policy brief from the National Center for Policy Analysis entitled Adoptions from Foster Care. In it were the same frustrating barriers to adoption we see all the time: Untrained and Overburdened Caseworkers, Lack of Outreach to Potential Adoptive Parents (including very poor customer service), Difficulties of Interstate Adoptions and Lack of Subsidies for Adoption and Foster Care.
While watching the news last week, I saw a story that caught my attention. It was about the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse, and millions of people in China were streaming home to be with family. The news called it the largest migration on the planet as millions of people are traveling. For some, who are migrant workers in cities such as Beijing, it is the only time that they get to be with their families. They have endured separation for a year or more as they work to better the lives of the family members they left behind.
Every child deserves to live in a loving, permanent family. That’s the reason why adoption is the preferred option for children whose parents are not able to care for them.
The policy, known as APPLA—Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement for Children does not work in the children’s best interests. It is just another way of providing temporary care that is not labeled foster care; but it does not give children the legal and emotional benefits of being part of a permanent family.
I was excited to hear that Comcast Corporation is building a brand new 59 story tower in center city Philadelphia. Dubbed the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, this massive investment once again highlights the tremendous impact technology has on our lives. It also reaffirms our vision that the use of technology can expedite the number of adoptions across the country. The National Adoption Center has always been a leader in the use of technology, and our innovative Wednesday’s Child USA initiative, along with our growing Adoption Community reasserts that.
Elvis is 15 years old and loves animals of all kinds. We took him to the Instectarium to learn all about bugs! And he had a blast. The best part was when Vai was speaking with him and Elvis tricked him into eating an insect larvae!
There is even a huge exhibit of live cockroaches! Elvis was a bit put off by that, but who wouldn't be? He was intrigued by the scorpions and asked many questions about them.
Pope Francis recently called for a rethink in the way the Catholic Church deals with the children of gay couples, warning against "administering a vaccine against faith". "On an educational level, gay unions raise challenges for us today which are sometimes difficult to understand," Francis said. Though the Church has often been in conflict with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community over its opposition to same-sex marriage and to homosexuality, Francis has drawn praise for attempts to be inclusive.
We hope you enjoy our brand new website which debuted last month. Available in a desktop, tablet and mobile version, the site brings to life all the beautiful children on whose behalf we work. If you haven’t already, do take the time to go to the Meet the Children section in particular. I think you’ll be impressed with their heartwarming stories. All of these children dream of having a permanent family that will always be there for them, a family to give them a lifetime of love. Also take the time to note our generous sponsors.
We here at the Center want to wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2009. This holiday season was a quite one in the adoption world, with little news to report.
We have many exciting programs, events and virtual happenings planned for this year. So stay tuned!
Last night I had the pleasure in attending a workshop on using blogs to help nonprofits succeed. This event was organized by Philly NetSquared. It was a fun and exciting night. You'll see many of the tips I learned last night come into being here. Going forward, we are going to continue working together as a nonprofit community to help all of us reach the next level in our work.