Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Just when I thought we had international adoptions under control, this new program is planning on being started in Armenia.

World Links International Adoption Agency’s, “Karing4Kids”summer program, which is intended to bring 10 Armenian orphans ages 7 to 12 to America for a 4 week summer vacation with the idea that perspective adopting families can see if adopting an older child is right for them. Their literature reads as follows:

What are you doing this summer?
How would you like to make the difference in the life of an underprivileged orphan from Eastern Europe?

This summer World Links will launch its 9th Karing 4 Kids Host Program for Orphans. Children 6 years of age and older will travel to the United States to spend time with a host family for an enriching four week experience. This program gives the children an opportunity they may never again have: to be a part of a family. They will learn everyday social skills, receive an introduction to American culture, and possibly their biggest dream: find a permanent, loving family in America. In 1999, 25 children from Russia participated in the first pilot program. Every year since, World Links has built upon the successes of previous years and invited more and more children to participate in each program. Last summer, 77 children from Russia spent their summer holiday in the United States and 40 children were here for our Winter Miracles program. This year, we hope to bring a total of 80 children from Russia, Moldova, Kazakhstan and Armenia. Host programs are a great opportunity for families and children to bond with one another. The chance to get to know your prospective child adds to a your family’s comfort-level in making a lifelong commitment. You can make sure that adoption is the right choice for you. We invite you to participate in our Summer 2004 Karing 4 Kids Host Program for Orphans. Help us continue to find loving homes for these older children. We are now accepting applications for families wishing to host and volunteers.


Not that this is a bad program, but I really have a problem with placing an orphan in a home to be test-driven and if the family finds that things are not going to work out, back he or she goes with head full of American culture that the orphan will never find in Armenia.

Or here is one that is even worse, what if the child and family become attached and decide that adoption is right for them, but then the family is found not fit to adopt by the Armenian adoption committee?

Plain and simple, there are now a comprehensive and working laws in place in Armenia that those that are willing to invest their time to adopt an Armenian child can. It’s also a process that is in the best interest of the child, so as to not further traumatize the child with false hopes of being adopted and only after the adopting family is fully approved to adopt, is the child selected.

In my opinion, this program is a bad idea that should not be allowed to happen for any reason. I wonder if the adoption committee knows and approves of this program?

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