This book is tough to read. The title of the book is "The Child Catchers".... this is my 3rd part.
Reviews one and two are just below this post.
I was accounting certain parts to my husband from chapter 4, and his response was, "Are these Christian Agencies?" Some are listed.
There are accounts, similar to the video I saw about Mosha and her baby brother who were adopted to parents in Amsterdam.
I couldn't believe what I was reading.
I believe it. It is just so hard to read.
If there are groups out there, operating in this way, then we need to separate ourselves from them and declare that they are not from us. They are not operating in love, and once again, "Love is a foreign Concept" to them.
One of the more disturbing accounts was about 3 little girls who were much older than the family was told. The family was told that the mother died of aids and the father was dying of aids. They were shocked when they picked them up that they were well dressed, they had back packs with things, and they also had family photo albums of a large, loving extended family.
It turned out, the girls WERE older, the father was NOT dying and the extended family thought they were sending the girls to get an American education. They did not understand that adoption is permanent.
The girls were confused about name changes and the oldest girl has been devastated by her adoption, very much like Mosha, she no longer lives in the home.
And the adoptive family has been devastated. They thought they were adopting orphans. They weren't.
Another family was looking at a DVD of their possible future children. They asked for a translator to interpret. When the mother was asked if she understood adoption, she said no... and the film was cut. Then, it came back on with her saying yes, and could she now leave to go back to her baking. The family was very suspicious and the translator encouraged them to NOT adopt these children, as something was very wrong. The family questioned the agency, and the agency wound up giving the children to somebody else to adopt.
Folks, if this is real.... this is heartbreaking, and it is NOT the fault of good hearted American parents who want to provide a loving home to an orphan.
I believe this is most likely the heart of why Ms. Joyce wrote this book, and we need to sit up and take notice as the church to make sure we are not aiding unscupulous agencies who are using the name of Christ to traffic children.
That must end.
I strongly recommend that anybody adopting internationally look into the agencies being used to make sure things are done correctly and according to the law.
I remember when we went to get Erika, she had never had any visitors. While we were in Ukraine, a new law had passed. Her parents had never visited even though she was less than 1 hour away. Because they had terminated their rights willingly at the hospital, the new law stated they had to write a letter stating they were willing to allow Erika to be adopted.
This took place while we were in the country and had to be done by a notary.
I believe this was another step for Ukraine to make sure parents understand the permanency of adoption.
I have noticed that Russia often refers to adoptive parents as "foster parents".
We are NOT foster parents.
We are parents. Adoption is permanent and life changing. Things had better be correct in the background paperwork!
I'm still in shock from what I read.
“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)