One Less Lonely Girl

Patience, love, and strength–that’s some of what it takes.

Nothing Gilded, Nothing Gained-Family Saga Fiction at Middlemay Farm

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It’s been a year since our foster girl first pointed out she could kill me with a steak knife–and it wasn’t the last threat on my life. Each time she casually mentioned killing me I casually responded that I had no fear of death and if she wanted to kill people she’d end up in a jail for evil kids who all wanted to kill each other. I said, “Go for it if that sounds like fun.”

It occurred to me today that those threats ended some months ago. She hasn’t picked up string beans off the floor of public restrooms and eaten them in a long time either. My big fear before picking up M last year (the week of the all important county fair) was that I’d find her unattractive. Yes, I’m that shallow. She was cute but a wreck. She was eager to be taken home (by…

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Increase of kids in the babybox, same number as always in the garbage | Tales of Wonderlost

by Luanne

Recently, both Kasey and I have posted here about the Korean babybox. A Korean-American adoptee living in Seoul writes the blog Tales of Wonderlost. Thanks to Kasey sharing this post, here’s what this blogger has to say about the subject:

Despite claims that the babybox saves lives, infanticides in Korea are continuing…

Abandonments had been going steadily down for three years before the babybox was created. After the babybox was created, abandonments have gone steadily up. In other words, the babybox encourages abandonment as a legitimate form of child welfare. Women may be pressured into abandoning their child this way by boyfriends or parents…

Despite the fact that there was a small, yet diminishing, child abandonment problem for years and the babybox was made in 2009, we heard nothing from the adoption agencies about this until 2012, when their business became more regulated by the Special Adoption Law.

We did hear about abandonment from the adoption agencies, however, less than two months after the law was implemented. It means that they and their supporters did not wait to see the effect of the law enforcement. Usually in public policy, you have to wait a year in order to evaluate an intervention. Instead, the adoption agencies and their supporters artificially announced that there was a crisis and then proceeded to create one. They have actually created the problem that they say they are trying to prevent. [by creating a media circus which has brought more and more attention to the babybox, making mothers think this is a viable option]

Abandonments have risen. This is true. However, abandonments did not rise in a statistically significant way directly following the implementation of the Special Adoption Law. They shot up after legislation was introduced to re-revise the Special Adoption Law and there was high media attention on the box. This began in January 2013.

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Increase of kids in the babybox, same number as always in the garbage | Tales of Wonderlost.

COME TO FIND OUT, THE BABYBOX HAS MADE ITS WAY TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC, TOO.

Česky: Venkovní strana babyboxu

Česky: Venkovní strana babyboxu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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My State’s Hidden Epidemic

by Luanne

This brief post isn’t about adoption, but it is about children. The welfare of children. Last night I was watching the local Phoenix news, a CBS channel, and my blood started to boil.  As a society, we rely on bureaucracies to take care of our at-risk people: children, seniors, and others. I knew CPS wasn’t perfect–that, in fact, it has a lot of flaws. But I hoped that stories of abuse being swept under the rug were mainly confined to old Law & Order episodes.

Not so. In Arizona, at least 6,000 (that’s SIX THOUUUUSAND) child abuse reports were never investigated!!!  Here’s a link to the article: read it and weep.

http://www.kpho.com/story/24035182/6000-arizona-child-abuse-reports-not-investigated

What has happened to these children?  If even 20% of the cases are children in danger, that is at the very least ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED CHILDREN.

Budget constraints have been blamed for this, but the truth is it’s up to people who know what is going on to open their mouths at the first sign of trouble. Last January Governor Brewer begged to hire 150-200 EMERGENCY CPS workers. What has happened in the meantime?

In my state, the only areas of the government in dire straits like this are the ones related to children, the elderly, the mentally ill, and others who need our help.

And CPS is an EMERGENCY division, much like 911.  Can we say HELP loud enough to get help for the kids?

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