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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Maybe Madonna Had it Right

You all may have heard the hullaballoo when Madonna tried to adopt a second child from Malawai. Some of the news articles got nasty and personal about this. (Never heard a peep when Brangelina adopted again, and again, and again...)

Well, I'm happy to report that the little boy from China with hemophilia, living in an orphangae with no factor, has an adoption underway! We were able to find him a family in about a week, using our connections in the community. So, maybe we can do it again?

Here are two children looking for homes:


From Holt International:

"This sweet boy, born January 7, 2001, is described as playful, social, and always having a smile on his face. He has a wheat complexion with big, dark, expressive eyes. He attends an informal school and knows his body parts, numbers up to 20, days of the week and months of the year. He reportedly likes to color and put together puzzles. He understands simple instructions given in English. It's noted that he can write his name and copy a few letters in both English and his native language, but doesn't recognize it. He helps the staff and his peers whenever needed. This little guy has hemophilia, also known as factor VIII deficiency. He is very compliant with precautions needed to protect himself such as wearing knee and elbow pads and taking his medication. This charming boy needs a forever family who has parented past his age and has access to the resources he needs.

"To adopt this child, there must be no more than 45 years age difference between older parent and child, and there is a maximum of 85 years difference between combined age of parents and child. Single applicants are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Up to 4 children in the home* See country criteria for complete requirements.
http://www.holtintl.org/cgi/photolisting/3.cgi
ID: B08-50

And from Partners for Adoption:

"Alina" is a lovely 10 year old girl who is warm and friendly, and extremely outgoing. She also has hemophilia, and as such, requires parents who are able to help her manage this condition. She is in Eastern Europe and waits eagerly for her forever family. For more information about how to adopt her please contact Partners for Adoption, jen@partnersforadoption.org, 925-946-9658. http://www.partnersforadoption.org/waiting_children.shtml


If you know a family that is looking to adopt a child with hemophilia (and about 10 contacted us), please contact the adoption agencies above directly. Maybe you'll have more success than Madonna did this week.

Weird Book I Just Read
The Politics of Stupid by Susan Powter
Susan Powter--you know, the shaved-head, frantic fitness lady who practically invented the infomercial in the 1980s. I happen to like her style, and so picked up her book on diet and health. Why am I not surprised. It's actually not a bad message: she has excellent things to say about how we are mislead by the media about diet and exercise; about how we need to get moving and eat better food, but mostly get moving; and how being age 50 can actually be the best time of your life. Great message; entertaining messenger. The book is hardly a book; it truly reads like someone transcribed one of her one hour infomercials and made a book out of it. It's okay if you want an entertaining and pretty raucaus pep talk and motivation. But don't expect too much infomation. The facts are thin; the rhetoric laid on like slabs of butter. One star. You can have my copy.

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