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Orphans of the World

FROM: Beth Mash

What NEED does this meet?
As it stands now, an agency adoption of a child in Eastern Europe or Asia is usually anywhere from $20,000 (Asia) to $35,000 or more (Russia). The adoption angencies give dinky discounts for the adoption of older children, but not enough of a discount to actually help very many children find new homes. Because the agencies control the referral process, it is difficult for adoptive parents to arrange an adoption without paying huge fees. There are already some small regional/local photolisting services in various parts of the world, but why not let the kids over the age of 10 photolist themselves. Many of the urban/suburban orphanages are within walking distance of an internet cafe, and some of the orphanages are already online.

Even in the U.S., where child protective services is supposed to photolist all of the waiting kids, they never actually get around to it. There are perhaps 3 to 5000 kids photolisted at the most, although the number of kids legally free for adoption is well into six figures.

Obviously, there are some privacy concerns that have to be addressed with any photolisting, but those issues have been worked out with the photolistings that are up and running now.

It would be great to have a world-wide photolisting that would not be controlled by any one agency.

What is the APPROACH?
One worldwide photolisting vs. current patchwork of hard-to-find websites which are often out of date. Many photolistings currently in place treat the photolisted children as the property of the listing agency. If you want to adopt Child X, you MUST you the expensive services of Agency Y.

What are the BENEFITS to people?
All photolisted orphans under one website "roof" with a search function that searches through all available orphans simultaneously.

What is the COMPETITION?
There is now a more or less nationwide USA photolisting, BUT I believe that children are only listed there after they have been listed for a long time on their individual state photolisting site (this may vary from state to state.) As I stated previously, the total number of children on this site is a small fraction of the number who are "eligible" for listing.

Additionally, the social workers in each jurisdiction are gatekeepers for the government photolistings. If a child is in foster care, and becomes free for adoption, he will be photolisted IF AND ONLY IF his social worker gets around to it. Sadly, many foster parents will tell you that they have worked with social workers and local child protective services offices where photolisting the available children is NOT a priority. (As long as the child is NOT adopted, the local CPS office continues to receive federal funding for the child, which operates as a conflict of interest.)

What BUDGET & LOGISTICS are required?
I don't have any idea.

October 31, 2003 in Children | Permalink

Comments

THIS SITE IS FULL OF ****!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Aimee at Dec 12, 2004 11:55:31 PM

Dear Sir/Madam

Ronnie and Ruth child care foundation.
P.O.BOX. 128 Nateete Kampala Uganda East Africa
http://www.thestudentclub.net/careersuccess
E-mail. ronnie_and_ruth@hotmail.com
Tele: 256-78424552

We are happy to inform you of the successful trip to and from Holland. Our pupils in this children’s Choir called Kayda Children’s drama troupe wonderfully performed in Holland where they spent a month performing and hence have been once again invited to go back in the year of 2005. This time they will continue up to U.K and America

The proposal of this email is to request you for a visit to your promises for performing. These are students who are desperate either after loosing all their parents or have one or both parents who are jobless and so poor to the extent of even failing to feed the children
Having limited resources. Our ministry have been struggling with finding a solution to these problems until we learnt of your performs/ visiting programs.

We cordially invite you to visit us at any time you wish. Hence we thought it wise to write to you and see if you could be an answer to this problem. We therefore humbly request you to handle our request with consideration and inform us of the possibility of this assistance the details of the procedure and or advise us accordingly.

May the Lord give you the grace in your efforts and bless your ministry.

I remain yours:

Ronnie Kayigwa
MARKETING MANAGER
KAYDA CULTURAL TROUPE
E-mail: ronnie_and_ruth@hotmail.com
Tele: 256-78424552

Posted by: PASTOR RONNIE KAYIGWA at Dec 22, 2004 3:18:37 PM