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March 07, 2007

CNN Interview - American Morning

MONDAY, CNN will be airing an interview with Marie's family on American Morning show with Soledad and Miles O'Brien. The show airs 6 - 9AM ET. Here is a link to the program...:

3/12 Update - Here is a link to the footage by CNN (minus the intro and comments at the end with Soledad)

Posted by Kelly at March 7, 2007 03:43 PM
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Please keep the adoption process
open in Guatlmala as there is a
couple , very dear to us, in the
US that is patiently waiting to
give a baby a loving home.
Thank You

Posted by: Janice Cozz at March 7, 2007 04:16 PM

I am so glad to hear Marie is doing the interview if it is "our" Marie who posts on guatadopt. She is wise and thinks well. We will be praying for her for it is God who turns the hearts!

Posted by: Deb at March 7, 2007 04:32 PM

Marie is my dear cousin. She and her husband have been waiting to have a family most of their married life. Finally they had the blessing of being able to bring home a beautiful baby boy this past summer from Guatemala. Now they are anxiously awaiting to bring their boy's biological sister that is waiting for them in the orphanage. This little girl has bonded with them as they with her in their visits to Guatemala. Her room is ready at their house, her toys are waiting for her, her little brother is waiting for her, and her parents can't wait to hold her in their arms and tell her: YOU ARE HOME!

It is not only unfair to both parties, it is CRUEL that this adoption won't be able to be carried to a happy ending. I pray to God that the in-process adoptions be continued so my cousin's and all the other families that are already in this process can finalize what they started with so much love and hope.!!

Posted by: EVA BERGERAC at March 8, 2007 12:50 PM

Marie is my dear cousin. She and her husband have been waiting for a family most of their married life. Finally they had the blessing of being able to bring home a beautiful baby boy this past summer from Guatemala. Now they are anxiously awaiting to bring their boy's biological sister that is waiting for them in the orphanage. This girl has bonded with them as they with her in their visits to Guatemala. Her room is ready at their house, her toys are waiting for her, her little brother is waiting for her, and her parents can't wait to hold her in their arms and tell her: YOU ARE HOME!

It is not only unfair to both parties, it is CRUEL that this adoption won't be able to be carried to a happy ending. I pray to God that the in-process adoptions be continued so my cousin's and all the other families that are already in this process can finalize what they started with so much love and hope.

Posted by: EVA BERGERAC at March 8, 2007 12:54 PM

May I ask - who is marie?
I am glad that if she is able to shed some much needed positive light on international adoption.
Blessings,
gloria
mom to 5 Guatemalan blessings

Posted by: gloria at March 9, 2007 07:19 PM

CNN wanted to speak with an in-process family and she was who we thought of first. She is an excellent spokeperson for in-process families, knows the adoption system well, and is well informed on Guatemalan culture.

Kevin
Guatadopt.com

Posted by: Kevin at March 11, 2007 11:26 AM

i'm writing this in hopes that president berger will have a change of heart and realize how important it is to continue adoptions from his country. these children would have such an advantage that they can never receive in guatelmala. i realize that there are many people selling babies illegally and they should be stopped. the process of adoption through the correct channels should not be. just think how wonderful it is to give the gift of a child to a childless couple. oh what joy. think of the children first, they would be able to go to school, college some day, vote, and be a respected part of society. please rethink the adoption process and think of those darling little babies that are God's children and let them come to the US and be a part of a family to be loved and cared for by loving parents. thank you.

Posted by: joan gugliotti at March 11, 2007 01:55 PM

That was an INTERVIEW? Sounded to me like a very superficial coverage of serious news. Meanwhile, I heard 10 or more "in-depth" news segments about the "catastrophic" 20 cent rise in gasoline prices! (an inconvenience to many Americans, a painful stretch on the budget of most). Putting children who were scheduled for waiting families back into limbo--overcrowded orphanages, or starving on the streets, was never mentioned. They did bring up how much it costs. And where does that amount go? Well, where does the money go that funds these interviews? I would be willing to be it costs about as much as an adoption!

Posted by: Liz at March 12, 2007 07:19 AM

Thanks Marie for representing the best of adoptive parents.

Having just viewed the segment including you and your beautiful children, I was disappointed that CNN apparently missed the real story in Guatemalan adoptions. Sandwiched between numerous vacuous reports about rising gasoline prices and the possibility of the Fed raising the interest rate, it is clear that CNN is more concerned with $ than with the plight of the children.

Their story: Adoptions are becoming more difficult. Abuse of the system encourages more illegal adoptions and situations like the Mary Bonn case is more common than it really is. Costs for a child to be adopted is $20,000.

The real story: The suffering children, born with little promise in life. The many caring attorneys and facilitators who are trying to match children and adoptive parents and spending a large part of the fees they receive in caring for the children while they are in the process. And most important, the adoptive parents that are willing to spend the money, the time, and the effort to make a home for these beautiful children.

Posted by: abuelo at March 12, 2007 07:20 AM

I am a little disappointed that CNN did not talk more with Marie , I thought it was still a little negative in that it made me question my daughter's birth mother, and if she was cohersed into giving her children up for adoption (even if that was the case who could blame her). I know in my heart that she was not because our agency is very reputable but still ...You NEVER know.I just hope all this works out and I will continue to keep all the families in waiting in my prayers as we all do .

Posted by: Kelly Johnnie at March 12, 2007 07:26 AM

Hi,
Can anyone who saw this comment on how it went? Thanks.
Lizzie
Proud Mama to Anarosa since 5-26-04
Waiting for Migdalia

Posted by: EB at March 12, 2007 09:54 AM

I think with the time available, it was compassionate to the families and children in process. Unfortunately, it is a much more complicated situation than what can be expressed in a short segment. I know that Marie explained MUCH to CNN and it certainly showed even if it was not Marie saying it.

All in all...I felt encouraged and hope that CNN will follow up with us!

Thanks Marie!!

Posted by: Kelly (guatadopt.com) at March 12, 2007 10:00 AM

Hi All- Thank you for all your kind words. So I've been up since 3am, couldn't sleep wondering how the piece was going to air. Even though 2 hours, 59 minutes and 30 seconds of our interview was editted (HA!), I feel that the compassion came through. Hopefully those that need to see this piece, can sympathize with all the legal adoptions that do occur and that they all are allowed to be finalized. Let us all hope and pray that today's meeting in GT does come to a good conclusion. I agree the alternatives were not portrayed. Thank you again for all your support, I was glad to hear Alina Cho use our favorite words to describe the adoption process, "a roller coaster ride". Their producers were in contact with us during the weekend, so they got to know the ups and downs alittle bit more. I am glad that it came through in the piece and even Soledad O'Brien stating that "so many children need homes and ending it with and these families have opened up theirs to them. Let's be hopeful."
Marie

Posted by: marie at March 12, 2007 10:20 AM

In comparison to many of the other stories in the media, I thought the CNN piece was pretty balanced. No, it wasn't very in-depth. But they did say a couple of times that the majority of adoptions from Guatemala are perfectly legal. They also said it is unfortunate that the instances of abuse shed a negative light on all adoptions, when in most cases the birth parents are just trying to give their children a chance for a good life, and the American parents want to give them a loving home. This is more compassionate than most of the other stories I've seen. Thanks, Marie, for representing us!

Posted by: Jennifer at March 12, 2007 11:22 AM

I have checked this link a few times and don't seem to find the story relating specifically to Guatemalan adoptions. However, on CNN's home page they are now running a story titled "Shady Adoptions". Is this the same piece?

Posted by: Theresa at March 12, 2007 01:06 PM
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