March 25, 2004

Rally for Intercountry Adoption

{posted with the permission of Hannah Wallace}

There is a very important rally being held in Washington, D.C. on Monday and Tuesday, March 29 and 30, on behalf of the children of Romania, whose opportunity to be adopted may be permanently denied. While Romania and Guatemala are worlds apart, the insidious influences of the E.U. anti intercountry adoption proponents, along with the misguided principles of UNICEF, is affecting every country of world, and is condemning many children from Third World Countries to death, or lives without hope.

I urge everyone who cares about preservation of adoption opportunities for children to TRY to attend these two rallies. Details and contact information is below,

Hannah Wallace
President, Focus On Adoption: An Intercountry Adoption Advocacy Organization

Dear Child Advocates,

The Romanian government has been forced by the EU to alter its adoption law to prohibit all international adoption, thereby condemning 97,000 children to group homes and foster care. The EU does not want to approve any country that is "exporting" its children. All countries seeking EU membership now and in the future, will be affected and will prohibit international adoption if the EU does not change its stance. Bulgaria will be next and other countries will follow. We urge all adoptive families to join us in protest of the EU's position regarding orphaned children.

Everything is looking good for the peaceful demonstration that we will be doing on the 29th and the 30th. It appears that we will have a good number of media there to cover the events and may have 60 minutes interested in doing a piece. In order to make this successful, we still need people! The people do not have to have children adopted from Romania, or be in the process of adopting, they just have to care about children needing a permanent family. Get neighbors, religious organizations, friends and anyone who is sincerely interested in children!

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, March 29 3:00pm Demonstration at the British Embassy

British Embassy
3100 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington DC, 20008

Tuesday, March 30 10:00am Demonstration at the EU Consulate and the Ambassador to the European Union Delegation of the European Commission to
the United States
2300 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Please submit the following information:

Phone Number:
Phone Number in Washington DC:
Address in Washington DC

Can we publish your name and address on a contact list for the
embassies? How many people will be attending the demonstration at:
EU: _______
British Embassy: _________

Are you a parent waiting to adopt an identified Romanian child? Are
you a parent wishing to adopt from Romania? Are you an individual
who is concerned about the welfare of Romanian children and the
trend to curtail all Eastern European Adoptions?

The information is needed as soon as possible as the authorities need to be told the number that we are planning on having attend.

An application for a permit to demonstrate at the above identified addresses has been filed.

NOTE: This is a Peaceful Demonstration! The following rules will apply:

All participants are encouraged to bring posters with appropriate slogans (NO Derogatory language will be permitted). Organizers of the demonstration reserve the right to request a participant not to display a poster that is deemed inappropriate. No violence in ANY way will be tolerated. This includes everything from throwing objects, to spitting! No voicing profanities will be allowed.

We encourage you to submit facts that will be compilated to a fact sheet to provide to all three entities. If you are bringing letters and pictures of your adopted children, or children you had hoped to adopt, please have two copies, one for the Romanian government and one for submission to the EU.

Remember, we are trying to influence key decision makers to allow US citizens the right to offer permanency to their children. PLEASE don't give them the ammunition to prove that they are right!

Thank you so much for your help and assistance!

Lynn L. Wetterberg
Executive Director
Uniting Families Foundation
95 W. Grand Ave.
Suite 206
Lake Villa, IL 60046

Debra L. Murphy-Scheumann
Executive Director
Special Additions, Inc.
19055 Metcalf P) Box 10
Stilwell, KS 66085

Posted by Kevin at March 25, 2004 07:36 PM

Dear readers,

I have purposely removed an offensive comment posted on this site. I do not tolerate cursing of any type on this site. Apparently, some anti-adoption factions seem to think it is appropriate to show their lack of class instead of presenting any valid argument.

Posted by: Kelly (webmaster) at March 27, 2004 09:42 PM

What can those of us you are too far away to attend do to be supportive? I am not currently adopting a child from Guatemala or Romania, but I think this is an important issue that the entire adoption community needs to get behind.


Posted by: Patty at March 28, 2004 12:47 PM

People who are too far away or can't make it to Washington DC for the rallies can still show support by contacting your congressional reps (a faxed letter is recommended) and asking them to get involved in this situation impacting the children of Romania. This can be a short letter, utilizing the message that Lynn Wetterberg posted to "Dear Child Advocate".

Posted by: Hannah Wallace at March 28, 2004 05:37 PM