Wednesday, September 28, 2011

babies, families, adoption, reunification and orphanages

Last night I wrote this post about a baby brother and his big sister that recently came to the orphanage.  I think one thing that is easy to do when it comes to orphanages full of babies is to think, "these babies need homes and families, can they be adopted?".  Now, some of the children at Save the Children orphanage have been adopted (our daughters included!).  But the majority of babies have families that want to take care of them, but currently are not able to do so.  I really feel like this is a subtle point when it comes to adoption, relinquishment/abandonment and poverty in the international setting.  Does a family in severe poverty want  the child that they are bringing to the orphanage?  Is the family bringing the child to the orphanage so the child will not starve to death, in the hopes that the situation of the family will improve and the children will come to live again with them.  I think we would all agree that an orphanage is not a place for a baby.  However, if the choice is between death and an orphanage, I think we would also agree that an orphanage is the better and obvious choice.  Temporarily.  

I heard from Tumaini manager this morning.  I had asked about the new little girl.  He actually had met the aunt when he was last at the orphanage.  And he said she was so very happy that Benjamin was doing so well and so thankful that his big sister would be well taken care of for a time.  Until.  Until the family can care for them again, and the children are big enough to not need formula and high calorie milk.  This is the role the Save the Children orphanage plays in children's lives.

In fact, I heard this morning that a sweet big boy we all love was taken home by his family. Yay!  A child reunited with his family.  I pray he will be cared for and treated well.

Do you want to be a part of keeping newborns alive?  Do you want to be a part of helping children stay with their families?  Join us as we partner with the Save the Children orphanage.

Sweet Benjamin

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