Warning: If you are someone with hardcore views who gets angered by those with a different perspective, then don't read on. Because while I don't know exactly what words my fingers will type in right now, you're likely to be disappointed.
I post this today in my Radical Rant not as an adoption issue. I post it not as something that necessarily belongs here. Admittedly, I post it here because I have the venue and the right to use it.
It's been a long time since I have written anything. I apologize for being so absent. The truth is that I switched jobs and my family relocated. In all of that I had to drop off for a while and then, quite honestly, I enjoyed it to be a "normal" person again.
On to the point of this rant...
Right now is very turbulent time for everyone involved with Guatemalan adoptions. On a personal level, it is a time of much stress, anxiety, and conflict regarding what is happening, what should happen, and how things got to where we are.
In recent weeks I have been complimented and criticized for the things I have written. And I have discovered that both parties have to a large extent either misunderstood or selectively retained what I've been trying to say. So I'd like to set things straight:
Let me note upfront that this is intended solely for perspective. It does not deal with whatever may or may not be permitted or justified in Guatemalan law. Discussions of that are better suited for those with degrees in law, not marketing. In addition, I just ask that everyone lay trust in that the things I say have occurred are true, they are based on cases that I know of personally.
The news of the day, and yesterday, is of course the changes being made at the Central Authority. The Colom administration has replaced the people appointed by the Foreign Ministry and Bienestar. The rationale given revolves around ensuring that the people didnn't come in to follow their own agendas. I will not speculate on what that means.
Below is an op-ed/Letter to the Editor I wrote a few years ago when Rep. Weller was running for re-election and was engaged to Zury Rios Sosa. While I do not live in consituency, I held some strong opinions on why he should not serve in the US Congress - opinions that have nothing to do with his politics. As I recall, about three or four papers in Iliinois printed this at that time, though obviously he was stil re-elected. My opinions on him serving have not changed, so that is why I am posting this.
Guatadopt readers, you've probably figured it out already but in case you haven't, there is a war being waged. I've posted this to my writer's corner, as it is strictly opinion and analysis. While this will discuss what has transpired with Casa Quivira and now La Primavera, I will do my best to use those only as case examples without getting into the particulars. In part, this is because I don't have the particulars. In part, it is because this is intended to explore the larger issues of the battle underway in regard to intercountry adoption (ICA) from Guatemala
There is an old adage that if you say something enough times, people will start to believe it. Recently, this seems to be happening in relation to intercountry adoption from Guatemala. Except for that this time it is not only in the form of poor media coverage and the usual anti-ICA rumor spreaders - it's also come from inside the adoption community.
When Kelly first asked me to start writing for Guatadopt, I was quite honored. I had been an addicted reader for some time and loved the opportunity to give something back to the institution of adoption that had created the family my wife and I had struggled to achieve for so long.
A few weeks ago I remarked to Kelly how amazing it was what her innocent adoption blog experiment had become. Guatadopt has become larger than she ever intended and has placed both of us in positions, and in the middle of controversies, neither of us ever fathomed.
Here is the basic deal.
There are two "possible shutdowns: occurring. One on the US side, one on the Guat side. They are independent of one another: