Today, when a child is taken by protective services, they are placed in any random persons home, as long as the person obtains a license to become a foster parent, is older than 18, and passes a criminal background check.
There will be 122 children accommodated in the Little Angel orphanage. Like the tears I shed for the little girl, it is just one drop in the ocean. But it begets a tremendous important step -- beginning a journey of hope.
For those birthing presidential campaigns and those conceiving runs for legislative power and those lusting for criminal court judgeships, The Cider House Rules and Griswold v. Connecticut should be required reading.
More children are remaining in orphanages for longer periods of time, thereby incurring the increased developmental and psychic harm that comes from being institutionalized, while also diminishing their prospects for ever moving into a permanent family.
The number of calves that have perished in this current poaching wave is unclear. Also unknown is how many babies survive. And even if a calf manages to outlive an assault, the chance of that youngster making it in the wild without its mother is negligible.
Prior to living at Flying Kites, she had been staying with her aunt Mary, a single mother struggling to provide for her own two sons, overwhelmed by Winnie's HIV+ status and looking to find a better solution for the over-burdened family. We took Winnie in. How could we not?
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt make it look easy. They adopt kids from all corners of the world and the media broadcasts images of perfect Kodak moments. They'd have you believing families bond and blend instantaneously. They don't. Not always.
Not for the first time since I got involved with Cura Orphanage, I wonder whether critics like those who chastise and even mock IC's efforts would say similar things about my work, were it more bold, more public.
It is precisely when a child's independence asserts itself most strongly that he or she needs the most loving and careful guidance but what happens when your commitment is to 50 kids, and one insists on an alternative path?
I am feeling more committed than ever to weaving volunteerism and service into corporate America's culture. As in all real relationships, the benefits are mutual -- we receive as much or more than we give.