Wednesday, December 24, 2008

What happens to some children that are never aodpted?

On December 14th, 2008, El Tiempo published and article about 2,678 people, who although they were abandoned as children, were never adopted. This is the number of people who are now adults and yet remain dependent on ICBF for their care. The article states that of the 2,678, only 1,074 have some sort of disability.

Here is a summary, in English, of the article.

The article follows the life of Luz Ameida, who became part of the ICBF system when she was 8 year old -- now 27. She is paralyzed on one side of her body. She recently received her diploma and hopes to find a job in a supermarket and become more independent.

On average, 8,000 children ages 0-18 are on the waiting list for adoption. Of these 5,749 are considered SPECIAL NEEDS because of disability, age (over 8), or because they are part of a sibling group. Others are not adopted because they are of African American or Indigenous decent.

The article mentions that the KIDSAVE program in the US and the Private Adoption Houses often help these Special Needs kids find permanent homes in foreign countries.

It mentions that Colombians mostly want to adopt infants.

Next, the article discusses the life of Malkis Real, who beame part of the ICBF system at age 2. He is now 24. He has no disability, but because he was always a good student, ICBF continues to care for him while he goes to college.

There are a few other stories about the kids that remain in ICBF care, but overall I think that the important point is the need that SPECIAL NEEDS kids have to find homes. There are millions of abandoned children worldwide that need homes, and thousands of them are in Colombia. I am grateful to every family that chooses adoption.

If you would like to read the article in Spanish or see the pictures for this article check out the following link:

http://www.eltiempo.com/vidadehoy/gente/home/ARTICULO-WEB-PLANTILLA_NOTA_INTERIOR-4722953.html

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