Adoption is a very hard, emotional, and stretching process. For some the hardest parts are once they finally get to meet their child face to face. For others the process to get to that first meeting is the most grueling.
Our family is blessed. I don't know why. It is not because of anything we did. We did not earn this. We do not deserve this. We are grateful.
Our adoption process was hard and stretching and very emotional. But I have learned of and been alongside others who have had extremely hard and trying times as well.
When we were getting ready to travel and knew that within weeks we would be meeting Cohen face to face for the first time, I had great fear that we would not get so lucky. At that time in DRC they were beginning their presidential elections. This was only their second elections in the country that had it's own independence. There are still many militia in Congo. They like to solve problems with violence. Demonstrations were happening regularly the weeks before we were issued a visa. If it were too unsafe we would not be able to get Cohen and then we would have to wait for the elections to finish and then if they did not finish well- we'd have to wait for it all to settle. Given the history and the quick uproars in their history we were definitely feeling that if we didn't get him out NOW- then we were not sure what the future would hold.
These fears stayed fears. In the nick of time we were issued his visa and able to travel and get him. We were able to steer clear of the demonstrations and keep safe from harm. Praise God that we were able to bring him home when we did.
Things went much better with the election than many had thought. They still were not without hurt or hitch. But adoptive families were still able to bring their children home.
For many families they are not as fortunate. They fight battles, bureaucracy legislation, laws, officials, evil, and many other enemies for MANY, MANY, MANY
years- to get their child home.
Both Ends Burning is trying to do something amazing and make a change to this. Our own government, although well intentioned, is part of the problem.
They have been showing their documentary across the country. They have been traveling along with the showings getting petitions signed. They will have a march Friday, May 17th to bring the petition to the President and legislation.
Please join us and be a part of this movement. Please help our government know what to do to help these families with "Stuck" children and to prevent future children from being "Stuck". Please help in creating laws and legislation that is more helpful for adoptive families.
The kids need this-the families need this- we all need this.
Please sign the petition online here
Please order and download a viewing of the documentary here
Come along side us and thousands of others...we will fight for families!