Call To Action – We are the TRUTH!
Most of you may know the horrible story about Artyem, the Russian orphan adopted by a woman in Tennessee and then shipped back to Russia with a note in his hand saying she didn’t want him any more. It’s appalling, shocking, sickening, and it will effect the way other countries view the US in regard to international adoption.
We received an email from our adoption agency urging us to action. Here’s a portion of the email we received:
The outrageous treatment of Artyem by his adoptive family has rightfully resulted in outrage by the Governments of Russia and the United States and all who care about children. The tragedy has cast a light on intercountry adoption that says it is not safe, the system failed and adopted children cause insurmountable problems. The heartbreak of Artyem Saviliev’s abandonment has once again elevated a singular incident to a level which may result in the suspension of intercountry adoption. Suspending adoption, even temporarily, will only cause thousands of children to suffer the debilitating effects of life in an orphanage.
You, the community of adoptees, adoptive parents, adoptive grandparents, child welfare professionals and child advocates know that the outrageous and indefensible actions of one parent are not indicative of how children are treated by adoptive families. You know that families who encounter difficulties do not simply abandon their child. You know that help is available, that solutions are found and that families can thrive. And you know that suspending adoption does not protect children but only subjects them to the depravity of an institution…and an entire life without a family.
You, the adoption community know the truth. You live the truth. You are the truth.
Join Joint Council’s campaign to bring the truth to light and help children in need find a permanent and safe family.
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