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Where are you….? - Dyvyne TV

Where are you….?

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The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is an American non-partisan, non-profit organization “dedicated to raising awareness about the tens of thousands of orphans and foster children in the United States and the millions of orphans around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes through adoption; and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family. According to the CCAI in the U.S. 397,122 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system. 101,666 of these children are eligible for adoption, but nearly 32% of these children will wait over three years in foster care before being adopted.

But what happens to children who have extensions of their birth families that want to adopt them and are denied this by the courts for no valid reason? What would be the reasoning that a child or children would be to have taken them from the birth mother and placed with a family completely outside of their immediate family structure or “complete strangers” if you will? Having dealt directly with an issue as such, the lack of update and/ or knowledge and communication concerning the child or children, places a far greater burden on blood relatives that were not immediately involved with removal of the children. So in the long term, all contact eventually is lost and a feeling of despair and sadness overwhelms, as these children grow unaware that there are family members who loved them and wanted to be apart of their lives. No letters, no calls, nothing but the memories of the last time they were seen and/or held.

It’s a crying shame that somewhere the system does not provide a mediation for relatives outside of the parent who lost the children to interact, after all how will they know their heritage, especially if these children cross racial backgrounds?? It’s not to say that the adoptive parents are not doing a great job and providing what the parent could not, but the birth parents are not the only ones to be taken into consideration here. So until then we pray. We pray that we will recognize you since so much time has passed and you will look for us one day. Your not little girls anymore. Until then we will dream of you and constantly wonder….

Where you are….

Written by L. Renfro Faulk

For A’jaicia and Genesis

 

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