FRENCH FILM CLUB: La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995)

The Ministry’s plan, which calls for the processing of only five adoption cases per work day, will result not only in systemic and lasting damage to a large sector of social services, but will have an immediate impact on the lives and futures of children. Joint Council respectfully urges the Ministry of Women’s, Children’s and Youth Affairs to reconsider their plan and to partner with governments, NGOs and foundations to achieve their goals and avoid the coming tragedy for children and families.

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Working with reputable agencies diminishes the risk for vulnerable children and is a better option than preventing adoptable kids from leaving your country. While there is risk, the rewards are tremendous, both for the children who are loved in stable families, and for the families who welcome them, and what would life be like for those orphans who remain in Ethiopia?

THURSDAY, April 17th, 2:00PM-4:00PM

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We are a family waiting to meet our little boy from Ethiopia. God has called us to this and we want nothing more than to follow his call and bless our home with a beautiful child who needs to be cared for and loved by two parents and three sisters. PLEASE reconsider this decision.

FRIDAY, April 25th, 3:00-5:00PM

PLEASE DO NOT reduce the intercountry adoptions!! There are many loving families wanting and waiting to adopt these precious children. Every child deserves a safe and loving home and family. Thank you!

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: The Italian ((Andrey Kravchuk, 2005)

When children need homes and families, it is tragic and an egregious crime to keep them from those loving people who can care for them. Regulations and policies to protect these children in the process are a must. Hindering their placement by relegating them to a very small pool of possibilities is just plain wrong.

TUESDAY, April 15th through Sunday, June 15th

We adopted a little boy in the fall of 2009. Saying that he is well adjusted is an understatement. He has grown physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually during his time with us. We all would like to return to Ethiopia to bring home a brother and/or sister for our little guy and he would love to spend time back in Ethiopia. A change in policy would limit our opportunity to do this. We respectfully ask that this change does not occur so more deserving kids and families can be united.

Konner, M.J. (1977) Infancy among the Kalahari Desert San. In: P.H.

This can't happen to those poor children. I can undestand if the government were to actually help out their country but this isn't the case. Think of all the jobs that will be lost is this happens.

Leiderman, S. Tulkin and A. Rosenfeld (eds.), Culture and Infancy.

My niece and nephew got two little boys from Ethiopia before this and would love to adopt more but can't due to the new regulations. Their boys here are healthy and happy and ALIVE... which is more than I can say for those stuck in this situation. WAITING for someone to adopt them.