I do not know how to express the deep sorrow that I feel for the children who are cruelly being used as political pawns by Vladimir Putin. The words, evil and cruel come to mind.
Things are BAD ENOUGH for Orphans who live there, but to add to that HOPELESSNESS of ever having a family? Oh wow! That is just beyond conscience.
I have read and been SICKENED by the people who have commented online on various sites saying, "Good, Americans should adopt AMERICAN anyway!" "Or, people only go to Europe because they don't want a black child"..... I even read one that said, "They go there because it is cheaper!"
ALL OF THOSE COMMENTS were mean spirited and FRANKLY, IGNORANT!
I can't bear to think of the children, who's faces I have seen, being lost into a system that will render them USELESS, IMBICILE, and relegate them to a dying room or mental institution for the rest of their lives. I can't bear to think of the children systematically tortured, with NO HOPE.
The insidiousness of this law goes BEYOND adoption. It goes to ANY AMERICAN organization. That means, any group wishing to help. I need to research this part more, but if the implications are what I think they are, then they are headed back to Old Soviet Russia and things will be even worse.
I just went to see Les Miserables 2 days ago and I couldn't help but think of the poverty stricken scenes that were so real, the girl who had nobody and was caught into despair and then selling her body. She became less than human and full of shame.
THIS IS THE PLIGHT OF THE CHILDREN WITHOUT THE HOPE OF ADOPTION!
I do not know how Putin can sleep, or those who voted for this. I DO know that this is NOT the will of so many of the Russian Citizens who live there. You can read this opinion from Moscow Times titled "An Adoption Law Only King Herod Would Sign". I thank Victor Davidoff for bravely writing it.
I look at my beautiful daughters, who were without hope and now SHINE.... and I hug them closer and thank the Lord for their precious lives.I mourn with my friends who have lost sweet loved ones that they were never given the opportunity to parent. :( Some have made more than one trip already and hugged their child, giving that child hope of a family, only for that hope to be crushed under the hammer and sickle.
For the Torry Hansens, Peggy Hilts, and others who brought wrath to America by their deplorable actions..... they have a heavy burden of responsibility to bear. I pray that they will come to a place of taking that responsibility, and then to a place of life and forgiveness.
Russian Church, RUSSIAN CHRISTIANS.... Russian Citizens, it is time to take care of the children.
GO into the dark places and see for yourselves. Seek them out. They are there, right under your noses, down the streets from you, and at the ends of the roads, deep in the country. They are also hiding in the subways, on the streets, cold and poor! These are the throwaway children who have nowhere to go at 16! DO SOMETHING about it! Help save the children! Go into the laying rooms! Hold the babies, comfort the handicapped children, help to feed them, Help them! Give them simple, human touch. GIVE THEM DIGNITY!
MIRACLES CAN HAPPEN!
I am praying for a miracle. I am praying that Putin and the Duma will have a change of heart, and the laws will change.
It is so very heartbreaking. :(
There are other countries that adopt from Russia and other Eastern European Countries. But MANY, who are from those countries are NOT ALLOWED to adopt children with special needs like Erika or Sarah. Governments with Socialized medicine prevent them from adopting children who will be a "burden" on the country. :(
One of the ONLY HOPES of children with special needs is American parents called to adopt them.
This is a DEATH SENTENCE for them. :(
I am heartbroken.