Saturday, May 3, 2008

Who reads my blog...

I am completely amazed as to who reads my blog, from what areas of the world, etc.

Look at the statistics as of 2:00 p.m. today:

My blogs has had 12,288 views (or "hits") since March 2008.

How many people read my blog?
  • North America - 1,442
  • Europe - 1,072
  • Central & South America - 35
  • Caribbean (incl. Haiti) - 13
  • Middle East - 4
  • Australia - 2
  • Asia - 2
  • Africa - 1

That means that as today, 2,571 people from all over the world read my blog. That is pretty amazing and encouraging.

Maybe this blog can make a difference by giving a voice to the abandoned, homeless and orphaned children who need loving homes.

And, maybe it can make a difference by giving information to the internationally adopting families who want to provide the needed loving homes.

As I have posted before, it blows my mind that people and organizations can be so anti-adoption. In an ideal world, children should be raised in their birth family and/or extended birth families. However, we do not live in that ideal world and the world political powers are not bringing about change to ensure that all children can be raised by their birth families.

So, what is that childs option?

(1) Live with the birth family (or extended birth family if his/her parents are dead) and die in childhood or survive childhood but not get educated, not have an opportunity to even learn a trade? Not have enough food? Not have medicine?


(2) Have the opportunity to be raised with an adoptive family that can provide food, education, health care and love to that child?

People who are anti-adoption, in my opinon do not see the reality.

Until the world economy changes and ensures that people in Haiti (or other countries) have food and the basic necessities, adoption is one of the few things that an individual who is "powerless" to change the world economy can do to make a difference. This is done by ensuring that a particular abandoned, homeless, or orphaned child has a future!


alejandra said...

copie una parte de tu post, lo traduje y lo puse en el mio, es muy interesante, ya que aca hay mucha gente anti-adopcion, que, a mi manera de ver, tienen intereses creados.
alejandra said...

No hay problema Alejandra. Me gusta mucho tu blog. Tiene mucho informacion para la jente en Argentina.

tu amiga --- Vera :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for stating so clearly the need for adoption of children from Haiti and other countries. In an ideal world, my daughters would still be with their birth families in Haiti. BUT our world is far from ideal and if they were still with their birth families they would be dead and all their potential lost to the world. Thank you for all you do to speak for the disadvantaged!

Anonymous said...

From your experience can you give an overview about Haitian adoption in relation to having bio children.
Do you need a presidential exception for one bio child or is it only for more than one? How long does it normally take to get an exception? Is it difficult?
Also does having a bio child/children making adopting from Haiti difficult, slower or no difference at all as compared to someone with no bio child/children?
Have you any insight/thoughts on this subject?
Thanks said...

Regarding IBESR - the 1974 law states "no biological children" - therefore you have to get a presidential pardon.

IBESR sends the files of families with children to an office of the President where they obtain the waiver/pardon. It is a formality.

Sometimes this process is fast other times the files sit there for a while. I do not from past experience that with one child, you should not have a problem getting the approval.

Hope this helps....

geralyn said...

The adoption process in Haiti doesn't make sense. We don't have any biological children, but have two adopted children, thus no presidential pardon required. We are adopting two unrelated children from Haiti and we have been in IBESR for 7 1/2 months. Yesterday, a family with two bio children adopting from the same Creche, came out in 5 1/2 months. We continue to pray for patience and try to understand God's time line.