At the end of the last year I was ready to give up. Not kill myself. Just give up. I was sick of how I was feeling, I was hurting proper bad. My eating disorder had come back with a vengeance and I just felt alone and stupid.
Ask yourself this. Could there be a more motivating factor than finding a missing child safe and well. In the hearts and minds of any decent human being, the child is all the motivation needed. Every now and again though something comes up that makes you ask questions.
Take the search for Maddie McCann. I know I have spoke on the McCanns before but they have created their own media monster for the inquisitive to explore.
Over the past week I have been asking everyone I know one question. What is child trafficking? Everyone knew it was illegal, few actually knew why it was illegal and ashamed as I am to say it a few even said they weren't interested! The lack of interest rightly or wrongly mainly stemmed from the image they had of illegal trafficking.
This Day (Lagos) 6 January 2008
The anti-human trafficking law recently claimed its first casualty in Abakakili, Ebonyi State when a 28 year-old child trafficker, Miss Nneka Orji-Okoro was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine by a Federal High Court in the state.
The transfer of a child from one adoptive family to another did not take place Monday as was scheduled, and it is unclear what will happen next.
Jackson County Circuit Judge John R. O'Malley ruled on Dec. 18 that the 8-month-old baby, Max, who is currently living with a foster family in Grain Valley, be transferred to Gary Stocklaufer and his wife, Cindy, by noon Dec. 31.
Take a sperm donor, add an egg donor, mix in appropriate lab conditions and rent a womb for nine months. That’s the recipe for a surrogate baby. Of course, there may be some confusion when it comes to deciding who the parents of the said infant are.
The Adoption Bill, which has been presented in Parliament, follows the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in respect of inter-country adoption. The Family and Social Solidarity Ministry explained to CARLA GATT that this bill was drafted with the best interests of the child in mind.
Though I was born in 1965, I feel my story starts on 25 November 1954. That day both my natural parents and my adoptive parents got married and the often hard to explain who is who of my life story was formed. The short version would be, my natural father's sister and her husband adopted me, turning my aunt and uncle into my mother and father, my father into my uncle and my mother into the ex-wife of my uncle. On top of that it turned my brother and sister into cousins.
In two days it will be New Year's Eve, having barely recuperated from Christmas. For me New Year's Eve is the worst day of the year. It dwarfs Christmas in comparison. Every year all missed opportunities, failed achievements and utter stupidities of the past year come bombarding me. It's a day of sadness and decay while its outlook is the bleak month of January; the cold, barren winter time stretching out for at least another two and a half month.
If identical twins have sex with a corresponding set of identical twins, the children of these two couples, though legally (double) first cousins to one another, would genetically be as closely related to each other as ordinary full siblings.
The independent, non-governmental organisation International Advocates for Children (IAC) is moving its headquarters this year from Amsterdam to The Hague. On 26 June the IAC and the Municipality of The Hague signed the contract to facilitate the move. The IAC, established in 2001, is a rapidly growing non-profit human rights organisation for orphaned and abandoned children worldwide.