Both Ends Burning/Craig Juntunen

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Department of State reported the latest figures for inter-country adoption. No surprise – the decline continues. There were 5,648 adoptions from abroad in fiscal year 2015, down from 6,438 the prior year and off 75% from the peak in 2004.

Gladney is doing well in China, Taiwan and Colombia. We are fortunate to have long standing relationships with caring government officials and wonderful orphanage partners, who readily acknowledge the benefits of a child being in a permanent, loving family and the detriment to a child of living in an institution for an extended period of time.

Progress in these three countries is encouraging, but we need to continue to advocate at the national level in concert with other organizations (NCFA, BEB, CCAI, CAFO) for every child’s right to a loving family to become more widely-accepted and embraced.

On Sunday, I will be traveling to Los Angeles to participate in the second Both Ends Burning symposium. The first took place 18 months ago at Harvard and 20 countries were represented.

This time, there will be child welfare leaders from 28 countries. The Department of State and UNICEF have accepted invitations from Both Ends Burning to participate.

I tremendously admire Craig Juntunen, the founder of Both Ends Burning.
He is collegial when he needs to be and confrontational when that’s called for. He has a passion for righting the wrong of these children unnecessarily languishing in institutions. His passion borders on anger. Ours should too. And his passion has remained intense for a decade. He never wavers and neither should we.



Cindy Williams said...

Thank you for being advocates for these voiceless Angels. Every child deserves a loving, secure permanent home. Helping to make that a reality is an incredible calling.

Tish said...

Craig and his wife are changing the work. There is no better place to give. Craig has given his life and his fortune to betterment of the orphan left to die.

Tom Tischer

e.bart said...

From the Divine to the daily, orphans, the fatherless as God calls them, are the most vulnerable and least protected by law and authority virtually everywhere in the world. Because of this, any effort to help them becomes the most laudable possible charitable outreach. Both Craig and Kathi Juntunen, and now their children, have this work as the centerpiece of their lives. Among thousands of right-minded activists, Christian and secular, I can't think of anyone who exceeds them in pursuit of justice and a better life for unprotected children. It goes from the personal; 'I can help this child', to societal; 'the bell-shaped curve' works everywhere', so investing in these lives produces benefits of highly productive lives who only need love and opportunity to enrich the planet with their potential. The Both Ends Burning Campaign is essential in a wrong-minded world that does not place emphasis on helping the orphan but on an obfuscating bureaucracy that makes placement of the unprotected orphan/fatherless almost impossible. Bureaucratic, governmental protection? From what? The placement of an orphan in a family has better results of successful child-rearing than the normal biological family. Statistics are available through Christian Alliance for Orphans. Forgive the length of this. Craig and Kathi, you have my utmost gratitude and appreciation for your good work. Who speaks for the orphan? I think of two immediately, Craig and Kathi Juntunen.

Lynn Assimacopoulos said...

My new book called "Separated Lives" is a true story about the adoption of a baby boy. Years later when he is an adult, I take him on a fascinating but uncertain journey to search for his birth parents. It is available from Dorrance Publishing (in Pittsburgh, PA), Barnes & Noble and
(ISBN: 978-1-4809-1247-2)
Author: Lynn Assimacopoulos