Published 04/25/2011 - 1:17 p.m. CST WASHINGTON, DC - -


WASHINGTON, DC - - Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06), the Republican Co-Chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, issued the following statement calling on the government of Guatemala to reopen intercountry adoptions:

"Everyone benefits when children can be cared for in permanent loving families. On behalf of Minnesota families waiting for children for whom they’ve prayed, and on behalf of children in Guatemala who have dreamt of the moment when they could settle down with the parents with whom they've been corresponding – many for nearly four years – I urge Guatemala’s government to not let adoptions be stagnant for another day."

Bachmann, a mother of five children and 23 foster children, is acutely aware of the strain on many Minnesotans who are waiting to provide forever families to Guatemalan children. Guatemala closed the door on intercountry adoptions in 2007. Some members of the bipartisan Congressional Coalition on Adoption are in Guatemala interacting with officials. Bachmann was unable to attend, but because of the importance of the issue she sent her Deputy Chief of Staff, Brooke Bialke, to travel with the delegation, which is in Guatemala April 22-27.



Resurrecting Romanian "orphans" for ICA wasn't enough.... she (and her political posse on a mission) still need more?

You know, as one who was one of the prized "orphans" obtained by a 'desperate to adopt' American couple, I find these modern-day ICA negotiations and pleas really revolting, on sooooooo many levels.

One day, so-called "orphans" born in a foreign country will ask their Aparents, "Why was I adopted (by you)?"

I always wanted to know why I was adopted by psycho dysfunctional (and mentally ill) AP's in a different country.

Anyone have an answer for me?  Because I still would like to know why such a thing happens. 

In any case, it amazes me these politicians want to amass MORE children from care-systems when the American foster-care system is the way it still is.  It makes no sense, other than the profit appeal ICA brings certain groups.


Now me thinketh I know why American politicians want to "reconsider" more older options.  There's trouble-afoot, and it's called foreign competition.

Television scenes of children left bereft of any form of love or attention proved heartbreaking and many western families were keen to adopt.

While those intentions were good, the system was also shown to have been exploited by child trafficking groups. As conditions in children's homes generally began to improve, the practice of international adoption from Romania came under a moratorium in 2001.

Legislation to cement the ban in law was put into place following pressure from the EU. Former member of the European Parliament, Baroness Emma Nicholson was a key figure in pushing for this as a special rapporteur for Romania's EU accession.

"I unveiled a huge network of global corruption and global trafficking," said Nicholson. "We really uncovered horrors of a scale and dimension you would wish never to know about."

"I'll give you the example of a poor Romanian boy, who was trafficked to London, on a false passport. From London they changed his passport again and he was trafficked to America, on a false passport."

"Uncovering that (trafficking) ring, uncovered one of the biggest pedophile rings in the globe. That boy has never been seen again."

'Children missing out'

However, there are those - such as the Romanian campaign group Catharsis - that believe an outright moratorium was an overreaction. The group is a leading a campaign to resume international adoptions and cites numerous cases where children have missed out on loving homes as a result of the ban.

Madalina grew up in a children's home from the age of two, where she suffered serious abuse. Catharsis found Madalina an adoptive family in Italy, to whom she herself said she became very attached. Unfortunately, the timing was wrong. Mandalina was a victim of the moratorium on international adoptions and the move was blocked.

"They asked if I'd like to be adopted by them, and I said yes," said Mandalina. "Only, then we found out that international adoptions had been blocked. It felt terrible for all of us."

A life on the streets, or worse

Once the children leave full-time education, those who have not been adopted often end up in homeless shelters - such as Marius.

"It's a shame they stopped international adoptions," said Marius. "There are many, many kids in children's homes and they have no future. Most of them either die of hunger on the streets or they're in prison."

[From:  Rethink of adoption ban gives new hope to Romanian orphans, April 26, 2011 ]

Given the fact some politicians are more than happy to farm-out American foster kids to countries like The Netherlands, more and more should begin to ask, WHAT is wrong with America's care and adoption system?  (And what are these politicians thinking when they want to re-open for new business, while so many flaws in our own adoption system still exist?)

dumbing down

Having followed American politics for several years now, I am not surprised to find the lady-with-the-crazy-eyes on the wrong side of the issue. There are those for whom all issues have their natural complexities and there are those for whom every issue has a simple answer. Michele Bachmann clearly belongs to the latter group, where narrowmindedness is regarded a forté.

If only all un-american member of congress would be removed from office, all problems would suddenly go away. Similarly, if all good "real" Americans would adopt all the little dregs of society, there would be no orphan issue anymore.

There is no arguing with stupidity, especially if it is deliberate, self-imposed stupidity. Unfortunately this sort of bat-shit-craziness sells. Before the presidential elections of 2008, Michele Bachmann was a little known representative from Minnesota, but thanks to her outrageous perfomances over the last couple of years has become a major influence in Washington DC.

Complex issues like adoption can't be discussed in seven-minute segments on national TV, and nuanced statements are not part of what media are looking for. Far-fetched, outrageous and simplistic commentary on the other hand sells. Just look at the attention each of Sarah Palin's twitter messages receives.

Michele Bachmann knows very well how to play that game. She is a master at it, always steering away from the legitimate intellectual questions that exist, and immediately going for the gut.

For most people who know little about adoption, the gut-response is that adoption is something benefitting children and families. Only when looking deeper into the issue, something adoptees are forced to do, becomes it evident that the fairy-tale qualities of adoption don't exist and that in fact it is an industry that has not been able to operate ethically since the inception of modern-day adoption in 1851.

These concerns don't matter for the congress woman from Minnesota, for whom every issue can be dealt with in 7 minutes of national TV attention, someone for whom the world can be divided in good (rural Mid-Western America) and bad (the rest of the world), someone who is laughing all her way to the bank, knowing well that all she opposes (Big Government), has supplied her really well with foster-care subsidies and farm-subsidies.

Again, it's all a matter of money and power. The children involved, who gives a damn, especially when they are not even American.

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