Adoption NGO reacts to online attacks of trafficking

Adoption NGO reacts to online attacks of trafficking

  • Source: Global Times
  • [02:49 March 29 2010]
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By Andrew Tait

After months of online abuse culminating in an attack on its website last week, international adoption agency Children's Hope International (CHI), has reacted to critics who have labeled the agency a "human trafficking organization."

The claims, most of which were posted on the Chinese discussion forum tianya.com, center on allegations that the "revenue" generated by international adoption of Chinese orphans is so high that prospective Chinese parents are being forced "out of the market." The critics say this forces prospective Chinese parents to look for alternative methods to find babies for adoption.

CHI, which describes itself as a "non-profit, faith-based Christian agency," was founded in 1992, when China first allowed foreigners to adopt orphaned children. The organization was founded by Melody Zhang and Dwyatt Gantt, with Gantt now heading up the international branch, while Zhang leads the China division, based in Beijing.

According to Zhang, the criticism is not based on reality, but is in fact a hate campaign, launched in response to her organization's role in trying to save an infant's life last month.

At that time, according to reports published on ifeng.com, a disabled baby which had been left for dead at a hospice in Tianjin, had been "kidnapped" and brought to Beijing, "for the safety of the child," by a worker at the hospice. Zhang became involved when she requested that the baby be saved, much to the chagrin of the baby's parents, who preferred the baby be left to die rather than "suffer a life of pain and hardship," according to the baby's father.

Zhang believes it was her insistence to be involved in the situation that led to the hate campaign and a barrage of complaints.

"Anyone who understands the process of international adoptions will know that none of what has been said about Hope is true," Zhang said.

Regarding allegations that CHI made money by forcing foreigners to use their in-house travel company, Zhang said that while she believes making travel plans through their agency is more convenient, applicants often make their own arrangements.

Regarding criticism that catering to foreigners makes domestic adoptions harder for Chinese nationals, Zhang was most vocal. "I think it's the other way round, that helping foreigners adopt Chinese babies brings more and more awareness to orphans and adoption issues in China."

"Chinese people see foreigners adopt Chinese babies and decide to find out more about it. When they do, many then decide to adopt for themselves, which is the best thing for everyone. Children's Hope China supports domestic adoptions 100 percent. It's what we want to see the most," she added.

http://china.globaltimes.cn/society/2010-03/516889.html

 

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We don't make anything.

Here is the original article before it was revised. What seems to be altered was this below quote proclaiming that they do not "make anything" off international adoptions. Ha! Ya right!! They only "make" hundreds of thousands per year.

"Anyone who understands the process of international adoptions will know that none of what has been said about Hope is true," Zhang said. "Everything Children's Hope China receives goes directly to helping children in China. We don't 'make' anything."

 

Adoption NGO reacts to online attacks

  • Source: Global Times
  • [01:14 March 29 2010]
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By Andrew Tait

After months of online abuse culminating in an attack on its website last week, international adoption agency Children's Hope International (CHI), has reacted to critics who have labeled the agency a "human trafficking organization."

The claims, most of which were posted on the Chinese discussion forum tianya.com, center on allegations that the "revenue" generated by international adoption of Chinese orphans is so high that prospective Chinese parents are being forced "out of the market." The critics say this forces prospective Chinese parents to look for alternative methods to find babies for adoption.

CHI, which describes itself as a "non-profit, faith-based Christian agency," was founded in 1992, when China first allowed foreigners to adopt orphaned children. The organization was founded by Melody Zhang and Dwyatt Gantt, with Gantt now heading up the international branch, while Zhang leads the China division, based in Beijing.

According to Zhang, the criticism her organization has received is not based on reality, but is in fact a hate campaign, launched in response to her organization's role in trying to save an infant's life last month.

At that time, according to reports published on ifeng.com, a disabled baby which had been left for dead at a hospice in Tianjin, had been "kidnapped" and brought to Beijing, "for the safety of the child," by a worker at the hospice. Ms Zhang became involved when she requested that the baby be saved, much to the chagrin of the baby's parents, who preferred the baby be left to die rather than "suffer a life of pain and hardship," according to the baby's father.

Zhang believes it was her insistence to be involved in the situation that led to the hate campaign as well as a barrage of complaints against her and CHI.

"Anyone who understands the process of international adoptions will know that none of what has been said about Hope is true," Zhang said. "Everything Children's Hope China receives goes directly to helping children in China. We don't 'make' anything."

Regarding allegations that CHI made money by forcing foreigners to use their in-house travel company to come to China, Zhang was equally insistent that the claims are false, saying that while she believes making travel plans through their agency is more convenient, all applicants are welcome to make their own arrangements, and many often do.

Regarding criticism that catering to foreigners makes domestic adoptions harder for Chinese nationals, Zhang was most vocal. "I think it's the other way round, that helping foreigners adopt Chinese babies brings more and more awareness to orphans and adoption issues in China."

"Chinese people see foreigners adopt Chinese babies and decide to find out more about it. When they do, many then decide to adopt for themselves, which is really the best thing for everyone. Children's Hope China supports domestic adoptions 100%. It's what we want to see the most," she added.

http://globaltimes.cn/www/english/metro-beijing/update/society/2010-03/516847.html

Profit v. Salary (Two VERY different things)

NGO's and Non-Profits are funny little beasts.  Although there are those who will and do volunteer time/services, there are also those who get paid a lovely salary (that may or may not be according to typical pay-scale.)   Financial compensation is usually based on "experience/competencies and role played", and from what I understand, many Directors, CEO's/finance departments keep salary information confidential and private, (although non-profits in the US are obliged to publish any compensation more than $50,000/year).  

For more, feel free to read:   Not for Profit? and Executive compensations at adoption agencies.   People should not be fooled into thinking all working for a NGO/non-profit "don't make anything".  In more than just a few cases, what they make is HUGE compared to an average worker's salary. 

2007 income

Dwyatt C Gantt

Executive Director

Children's Hope International (CHI)

$126,500 (2007)

 

 

Melody Wen Zhang

Assistant Executive Director

Children's Hope International (CHI)

$106,770 (2007)

 

 

http://poundpuplegacy.org/node/38035

Allegations from who?

"Regarding allegations that CHI made money by forcing foreigners to use their in-house travel company to come to China, Zhang was equally insistent that the claims are false, saying that while she believes making travel plans through their agency is more convenient, all applicants are welcome to make their own arrangements, and many often do."

I am curious about this above quote from the article. Does anyone know who made these allegations? And who they were made to?

Initially the article seems to based on Chinese people bashing CHI but the above quote seems to be more adoption community related.

Nice to see that the people in China now understand this industry more!

Dwyatt said

 

http://chinaadoptiontalk.blogspot.com/2010/03/chinese-cyber-attacks-on-international.html

Dwyatt said...

Von is wondering what the truth is. Good point. Please contact me for reality check. This is an example of how easy it is for critics of international adoption to take something heroic and try and turn it into something dark. Sorry, won't work this time.

Quest for SN females from China?

Fate of Chinese baby depends on parents consent to treatment

By Emily Chang, CNN

February 12, 2010 2:14 a.m. EST

Beijing, China (CNN)

"She was definitely on the edge," says Melody Zhang of the Child Welfare League of China. "When I saw her for the first time, had her in my arms, I thought she was dying."

The parents asked Zhang to be their family spokeswoman after the Chinese media started reporting the case with headlines like: "Family gave up on saving Baby Hope" and "Who has the right to decide Baby Hope's life?"

"The parents told me and told many other people, they did not want the baby to go through so much pain," Zhang says. "They didn't want her to have a hard life ahead of her."

Baby Hope was born with a condition called anal atresia, meaning she has an incompletely formed anus. Doctors say it happens in about one in 5,000 births, but that it can be fixed with a relatively routine surgery.

"The procedure itself to take care of anal atresia solely, is something that can be done very, it is done commonly, and it usually corrects the problem," says Dr. Randy Jernejcic, Chief Medical Officer at Beijing United Family Hospital, the facility at which Baby Hope is being treated. "I would paint a fairly positive outlook for the family."

Even with this knowledge, Baby Hope's parents have agreed to allow short-term care in Beijing, but are hesitant to consent to the surgery that could save her life because they worry that she will live a difficult life with long-term health complications. According to Chinese law, doctors need parents' consent in order to do the surgery.

Zhang, the family's spokeswoman, is concerned. "If she does not receive the surgeries in a certain time frame, she's still in danger," she says. "We still need the parents to sign the paper, and the parents haven't signed it."

Zhang says Baby Hope's parents have also decided not to give her up for adoption. However, it is not unusual for families in China to abandon children with special needs. Experts say this is often due to a lack of knowledge to care for them and inability to cover the costs.

Along with serving as Baby Hope's family spokeswoman, Melody Zhang also serves as the director of Children's Hope International in China, an international adoption agency. She says more than half of the children the agency puts up for adoption were born with disabilities.

"The majority of the families of these children don't have health insurance coverage. So if a child is born with a health problem and the cost is more than several years of annual income, it's impossible for families to come up with the money to treat the child," Zhang says. "By giving them up, actually they give the child a chance to survive."

Grace Mei Watkins was abandoned on a street corner in China when she was just three months old. Watching her bounce around with her three new American sisters on a trampoline, you would never know she was born with the same condition as Baby Hope.

"I know it's painful," says Grace's American adoptive mother, Tammy Watkins, "But it's about looking past that little bit of pain for a lifetime of joy and opportunity."

Tammy and her husband Chris adopted Grace last April. The Watkins have since taken Grace to the United States for a second surgery to correct the surgery she received when she was an infant. They are also dealing with what they hope are short-term complications. At 4 years old, Grace still wears a diaper, but doctors hope she will master control of her bowels within a few years.

Otherwise, Tammy says, "There isn't going to be anything she's not going to be able to do that any other child couldn't do.... She started school in September, she's progressing, she can write the letter 'G,' she knows her alphabet songs and she can count to 20."

"I can't imagine our life without her. It just fits."

Grace Mei Watkins' story and many others like it may give Baby Hope and her parents hope.

Zhang says Baby Hope's condition has stabilized. She is eating well and she has 24-hour care, but it is still up to her parents to decide the course of treatment, and her future.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/02/11/china.baby.hope/

Adoption = Human

Adoption = Human trafficking.
I can't say it enouph times.
Cyber attacks... :)

On adoption agaencies? Hummm.... I smell... I smell....

H20....

Such a small small world.

We have a guy from China on

We have a guy from China on our team. He does alot of translation work for us and has full acess to everything there unlike us.. If you can provide questions or information your looking for I can forward it to him and I am sure he can find what you need.

Send me a P.M with questions and or requests for information.

Okay a murder goes out kills

Okay a murder goes out kills a person and saves another...

A good guy? No. Still a killer.

A bully beats on a little kid then beats on another bully...

A good guy? No. Still a bully.

A child trafficker sells 10 innocent children and helps another 10 children who were actually abuse...

A good guy? No. Still a child trafficking low life.
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Oh CHI's part it's a good action but driven by dark motives...  sorry yes this time it will work this time.......... and every other time after...

Selling other peoples children is a crime and against the law. If you decide this law does not apply to you then you are evil. No amount of good PR will ever begin to affect that.... not even alittle...

If hackers who break laws regularly, are telling you this is a crime... you might want to listen. if any people know about breaking laws that would be us. Ever hear the expression takes a theif to catch a theif?

If hackers are attacking adoption agencies.... attacking websites and many other activities happening as we speak... people might want to start to take notice.
Many hackers have gave fair warning.

Even myself, I have given countless warnings. I guess people thought we were kidding?

I guess all that money made off the backs of children swells up the head causing the ego to disconnect the eyes and ears and forcing the person into a bubble made of stupid.

Again I can't stress enouph.

Stop it.....

If you are involved with adoption or foster care you are a criminal. Unknowingly I will admit for many of you.... but the majority not to notice? After how many decades? I think not. Many many many know dam well what is going on. They are the true criminals... but sadly... that makes the rest fo you guilty by association. And if any of you made a profit off it directly or indirectly that makes you "living off the avails of crime" which means you are a criminal.

As a youth I had a judge explain this to me when I ran away from foster care and I was with a group of kids who stole food. (Other foster kids like me in hiding) The judge said: Yes Mr McVicar you didn't commit the crime. But you didn't stop them. You ate the food. You go to jail like the rest... that is the law. I didn't make it.

We were kids being locked up for stealing food....or being with people who stole food.

CPS is stealing us from our familes. Socail workers getting paid.. off this..... judges getting paid...

So how does the law apply to us as children stealing food.... but not to these assholes as adults stealing us forcing us to live in plces we have to run from so we can steal food to eat?

You see.....

Your criminals... not heroes or champions of children. I was one of those children.... tell me do I look grateful? Do you think your my hero?

No. Your a theif... or you work for them which is no better....criminal...

And will be treated as such. By both the victims... and those we have shown the truth to.

So better get used to it. And as I stated before... we might be hackers but we know the differance between right and wrong...there are crimes even we are not willing to commit. Humman trafficking is worse then being a pedophile.

You will learn this.

There is a storm brewing...

Are you ready?

not really

I saw this earlier this week and went to both ifeng.com and tianya.com, had the pages translated and started plugging in some of the names. Alas, I got nowhere but really wanted to read more about how this played out on the local websites.

One thing--int'l adoption has undoubtedly crowded out domestic adoption. Zhang's analysis asks us to accept something that is highly unlikely. I'm sure Chinese nationals look at foreign adopters and get real inspired. Not

Links

I searched on some of the Chinese forums but with no success. Can you offer some of the links you found so I can read them over. I'm interested in hearing what the Chinese community had to say about CHI.

Did you find the threads

Did you find the threads talking about CHI on those forums or is that what you mean about searching names and finding nothing?
The demand for minor or correctable SN females is high now for adoptions from China. CHI's article from CNN reads like an advertisement for people to abandon children with SNs so they can be adopted abroad. Now that 50% or more of adoptions from China are of SN children, it serves the adoption industry well to encourage IA's of SN children AYAP.
These families often want to keep their children but lack the money to treat the condition. Offering adoptions versus assistance is wrong on many levels. CHI seems to be searching for a new source of supply for the heavy demand.
How did they ever get into the dominant position that they are in within China?

Agencies going after "special needs"

Let me begin by saying it does my heart good to see more and more people looking at adoption agencies for what they really are:  a business.  

The demand for minor or correctable SN females is high now for adoptions from China. CHI's article from CNN reads like an advertisement for people to abandon children with SNs so they can be adopted abroad. Now that 50% or more of adoptions from China are of SN children, it serves the adoption industry well to encourage IA's of SN children AYAP.

A while ago, Niels wrote a very good comment about the way in which adoption agencies are presenting Special Needs to PAPs... medical conditions and physical deformities are presented in menu-format, making it much easier for a person to peruse, pick and choose what pre-existing condition a "desperate to parent" person can help correct/make better.   [See:  What's on the menu ].

I don't want to be critical of those who feel "called" or compelled to help fund corrective surgeries and treatments for those too poor to afford them, because as far as I'm concerned, there is a core goodness that goes with the gesture, and that goodness should be praised, not condemned.  My criticism goes towards those making money off the deal.... and believe me, that number is good and plenty.... especially when you add doctors, lawyers and Big Pharma into the mix.

The more cynical side of me wants to ask those working for the adoption industry, what is the exact price difference?  What does a foreign adopter have to pay for a Chinese girl, with a missing limb, and what does a local have to pay for that same child?  When the total expenses are tallied -- hotel costs, meals paid, souvenirs bought to bring back home -- who makes the better customer, in the eyes of the Chinese government, a local-yocal or a foreigner, with cash on-hand?  What about foreign adoption, from the American side?  Is it better/smarter to buy foreign first, and then buy domestic services, later?  Is that the better deal/investment because helping the local (kids in foster care) is too much of a financial risk?  

Then the more curious side of me wants to ask, what are the AP's thinking?  Do they see how they are being used?  Do they see how the adoption industry helps push health-care costs onto those willing to pay, making a humanitarian interest a wee bit cheesy because there are enormous salaries being made?  Do they see how the word "correctable" is being used to attract a greater interest in "legal" child trade?  [Think about it:  agency owners/directors making a salary through the trade of children are using illness and physical deformity to pull at the aching heartstrings of people who WILL collect the money to save a child from a region that has either little or very poor health-care.]  Do AP's honestly believe each "adoptable" child with a correctable condition is indeed an abandoned orphan?  Think about the message adoption agencies are sending:

Correct the cleft-lip, (with a simple operation), the child is yours.

Correct the missing limb,(with a prosthetic device), the child is yours.

Correct the cardiac condition (with open heart surgery and medication), the child is yours.

Behold what dyer has to say on behalf of first-parents/families:  "These families often want to keep their children but lack the money to treat the condition. Offering adoptions versus assistance is wrong on many levels. CHI seems to be searching for a new source of supply for the heavy demand."

Indeed... in many cases, this is very true.  In many cases, parents/families do NOT want to relinquish their children, but they are given very little choice.

So... let's imagine how this limited option-plan plays in Adoptionland.  Imagine being the parent, (in China, or India, or wherever...), with very little money, trying to care for, and financially support, a child with a cleft lip (or other correctable condition).  Let's imagine you, the parent, thought the condition was permanent, but then you learn the disfiguring/disabling deformity can be fixed, through surgery and/or expensive medication.  (An operation/medication that may or may not be available in your region; a surgery/drug(s) you know you can't afford).  Then imagine, being told the only way your child's problem can be fixed (corrected, improved) is if your child is sent to live in a foreign country, where health care and technology is really good.  Imagine being told your child will not stay in a foreign hospital, but live with a family, in a home, and be given a second chance at life.  Imagine thinking you will get updates and photos and will see your child again, relatively soon.... and then imagine reading/hearing/seeing this, the story of Lavender Banks, in the news.  (Wouldn't you be sick?)

Now, let's imagine being that very young child... the one who was taken away, given a new name, and "saved" and "fixed", thanks to an adoption agency.  

There may be many who DO put the needs of a child first, but before we claim all adoption agencies and AP's are angels and heroes -- selfless humanitarians that can only do good -- we really need to take a closer look at the role adoption agencies have in health-care, a local salary producing economy, and safe child placement.

Special Needs Adoption

It is not ironic that special needs international adoption has grown in the last 2 years - while the whole category is shrinking this segment is growing.  Why?

Isn't it obvious?  The Hague convention has thrown a curve ball to the agencies that were dealing in adoption of healthy babies from other countries.  Most were encouraging "Baby Mills" in poor countries, many were conducting independent adoptions in countries that permitted it by dealing with social workers, physicians, etc, for new borns healthy or with minor issues like a slight cross eye.   Today, bypassing the central authority in a country or miracously finding healthy "abandoned" babies is not plausible or possible.  It will not be given a pass any more.  Except possible in lax countries like Ethiopia and Kazakhstan - but lately I have been hearing of reports of paperwork being rejected on newborns.  It seems the USCIS finally has caught on that many babies that are adopted barely 1-2 months old were pre-sold while still in the womb.

So many agencies have cut out a niche with the adoption of special needs and centering their buyers to the ultra religious SAHCM (Stay at Home Christian Mom) there are many with blogs that boast about adopting their 13th child, 10th child as if they have a competition with each other.  Spewing of bible verses and how "God tells them they must care for the orphans and widows"  The worse is how the Adoption Agencies put fear into the people adopting by stating "if we don't find a home for this child when they turn 5 they will be institutionalized for the rest of their lives.  Reeces Rainbow is good for putting this guilt trip on naive parents willing to shell out $20K+ for SN adoption or worse, they run online auctions with the child's photo showing how much that little darling has in their account toward their adoption.  No one questions why this money is never spent to make healthcare, or facilities better for these children. 

Some of the children they adopt are so severly handicapped it will be a lifetime of care: multiple limbs missing, FAS, CP, Down Syndrome.  some are very minor: Clef palate, Spina Bfida, etc.,  There are many such special needs children in the US Foster Care system waiting for homes www.adoptuskids.org

It seems the countries and agencies know that it is harder for the USCIS to turn down a special needs baby/child than a healthy newborn who may have been acquired under mysterious circumstances.  Many agencies have lowered their fees because they know the harder economic times are here but lie and say "The country has graciously dropped the fees"   In reality it is simply a game of supply, demand, economics and The Hague.  Slipping by and working every angle they can.  I find it ironic that special needs international adoption is increasing now that stiffer laws are in place and the economy took a tank. 

Social workers that are conducting a home study, should tell the truth about the families capabilities in caring for a SN child.  Many are not emotionally, financially or prepared for this lifetime committment. The Social Worker is part of the blame by writing a home study to favor the family and benefit the child.  It is all about the wording.  I have heard of special needs adoptions going through from start to finish (home study to picking up the child) 7-8 months especially the Ukraine which seems to want to push these special needs off on anyone they can. 

While I hear of in-country facilitators driving Mercedes and other higher end cars.  Americans still fuel this behavior mostly out of being naive.   Most that adopt these kids really believe they are doing a good and honorable thing.  Many people still believe that Ethiopia has 1 million orphans, they don't realize the reason for popularity in Ethiopia is not because there is an abundance of orphans it is because the laws are so lax. 

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