And so it has happened again that a negative side of adoption has taken the limelight of the media. I was really sad to see one comment in particular in response to the story on CNN in which a person stated that this was just another example of how nothing good comes out of adoption. My initial reaction was extreme anger in the form of: "Are you kidding me, does this particular person really live in a shell and only believes what they see on the media!", "Do they really think that children are better off living their lives in a orphanage?", "Do they really believe that every internationally adopted child is a irreversable psychological mess?" And then it ocurred to me that I am part of a very special community, a community of families with adopted children who are THRIVING. And of course the average American does not see this, so we NEED to tell them!
The Joint Council on International Children's Services has in response started a campaign called "We are the Truth". They are asking several things from families. This is relevant to ALL internationally adoptive families. So first and foremost JCICS is asking people to sign a petition requesting that adoptions from Russia to the USA not be banned. Secondly, they are calling for April 15th to be adoption blogger day. Blog or post on Facebook your own positive adoption story or the story of somone else who you know. We can make a difference by spreading the word and making this message strong and clear! There are other requests that JCICS has specific to families who have adopted from Russia. For more info go to: