Both Ends Burning

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I believe that Both Ends Burning represents the best hope for the adoption field to reverse the disconcerting downward trend in international adoption. That’s why I’ve accepted Craig Juntunen’s invitation to join the board of Both Ends Burning.

After Craig and his wife Kathi adopted 3 children from Haiti several years ago, he concluded that the international adoption process was deeply flawed and that a good part of the blame could be placed at the feet of governments who act as barriers rather than advocates for children to find permanent, loving families.

As one of my colleagues in our field put it, “Craig is playing offense.” He is and it’s refreshing and I’m privileged to be a part of it.

Craig and his team have completed an award-winning documentary film called “Stuck” and it’s coming to your city this Spring via a 78-day bus tour that starts and ends in D.C. The film and the tour are just the beginning, the launching pad for a social movement around this issue. You’ll be hearing a lot more about Both Ends Burning. And I hope YOU will be a part of it.  

TIME Gets It Right.....

Friday, January 11, 2013

Mostly. The new issue of TIME (dated January 21) came out today and it includes a fairly lengthy article on international adoption centered around the heartbreak of a couple trying to adopt from Kyrgyzstan. Kayla Webley, the author, wrote what I believe to be a reasonably balanced look at international adoption. Given the typical media approach to IA, “reasonably balanced” is high praise.

She interviewed me a few months ago and we stayed in contact. She used one of my quotes in the article, which I must admit for a 25-year TIME subscriber, was fun to read. It was gratifying to see the words “Gladney Center for Adoption” in the article.

What’s especially important is that given TIME’s global reach and Kayla’s generally favorable treatment of international adoption, this article combined with other initiatives underway has a chance to really boost efforts to reverse the tragic, declining IA trend of the last 8 years.

I’m encouraged. We in the international adoption community need some good news.

(Here's a link to the beginning of the article - Caught in the international adoption slowdown.)