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Hague Torture..oops, Training

June 22, 2008

Yes, training.  I meant training.  🙂  As it relates to international adoption, as of April 1st, 2008, the U.S. has entered into force the Hague Convention on International Adoption.   What does this mean?   Some good things.  The main goals are to ensure the best interest of the children are considered and prevention of abduction, etc. of children.  One of the things that has trickled down to us at the parental level, besides the slowing of international adoption and more paperwork, is the requirement of 10 contact hours of training concerning adoption related issues.   So we have enrolled in a program that provides distance learning via internet feed.  So you guessed right, watching 10 hours of distance learning is enough to give anyone bed sores, dry eyes, and chocolate fits.  These are the days that I remind myself what a blessing adoption is and we are very lucky to have the opportunity to complete our family though adoption.  Even if at the end of the day, I feel like this…….

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2008 5:34 pm

    This Hague convention issue is really a mixed blessing. I’ve been to Guatemala twice and worked in an orphanage there. I still support that orphanage financially. It was already hard to adopt, because in Guatemala children must be declared “legally abandoned” to be adopted. How many mothers who leave their kid at the dump are going to take the time to do that? Now? It’s made the process even more complex. The orphanage I support has about 200 kids in it, and only about 20 were adoptable. This means that for that country, there are institutions permanently supporting children with no hope of ever being placed in a home. Now, adoption has basically stopped. It’s very sad. But that’s just Guatemala. Of course, you are hearing more lately about people who say they never intended for their child to be adopted, so it is good to take measures to correct that.

    I only wish it wasn’t so difficult for people to adopt internationally. It just seems wrong that anyone can pop out a kid and be a crappy parent, but individuals who can, and desire to, be loving, supportive parents have to jump through very costly hoops.

    I’ll get off of my soapbox now!

  2. June 22, 2008 7:00 pm

    Yeah, we did reading instead of videos. The nice thing about reading is you can skim!!!
    And I hate to tell you, but if you find *this* to be torture, you’re in for a rough road ahead.
    As for Mandi’s comment, I agree that “anyone can pop out a kid”… I’ve been a long-time advocate of requiring people to have a license to make babies. Why aren’t our govt officials working on THAT?!?!

  3. Melissa permalink
    June 24, 2008 6:28 am

    I love it! I feel like that this morning…

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