Petition Tag - jcics

1. Petition to the Joint Council of International Children's Services

This is a response of adoptive parents, prospective adoptive parents, adoptees, and others with an interest and concern in the international adoption programs with Ethiopia to the formal statement issued by the Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS) on their web site on March 7, 2011 and their launch of a “Emergency Campaign” on their blog on March 8, 2011.

2. Joint Council Emergency Campaign for Ethiopian Children

Last week the Ethiopian Ministry of Women’s, Children's, and Youth Affairs announced their intention to reduce intercountry adoptions by 90% beginning March 10, 2011.

The Ministry’s plan for a dramatic reduction is apparently based on two primary issues;

1) the assumption that corruption in intercountry adoption is systemic and rampant and;

2) the Ministry’s resources should be focused on the children for whom intercountry adoption is not an option.

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3. We Are the Truth

On April 8, 2010 7-year-old, Artyem Saviliev, adopted by a U.S. family, was flown to Russia and abandoned. The child, adopted approximately 6 months ago by a Tennessee family, is now under the protection of the Russian government.

Together we advocate for the investigation, arrest and prosecution of all individuals involved in any type of child abuse. Failing to take aggressive action against individuals involved in abuse only further compromises children’s rights. And when the reaction to abuse is the elimination of a particular service to children (intercountry adoption) instead of prosecuting the perpetrators, children are further victimized and their rights stripped away.

It should be recognized that this tragedy is an isolated incident and not representative of the more than 100,000 adoptions completed each year by American citizens.

This tragedy demonstrates the need for all of us to work together to ensure that the actions of one family does not cause harm to the thousands of children who are in need of a permanent and safe family. Further, it demonstrates the need for the immediate investigation, arrest and prosecution of individuals who abuse children.

Восьмого апреля 2010 года, семилетний мальчик Артем Савельев, усыновленный американской семьй, был посажен на самолет и отправлен из Соединенних Штатов обратно в Россию и оставлен там один. Ребенок, которий был усыновлен только 6 месяцев назад семьей из Тенесси, сейчас находиться под попичительством Российского правительства.

Вместе мы хотим просить о правовом расследовании, и если необходимо, аресте и наказании всех людей вовлеченных в это дело которое является прямым ущемлением прав как этого мальчика так и всех детей которые ждут усыновлений. И если резултатом этого дела будет прекращение усыновлений американцами русских детей,то вместо того чтобы наказать виновных, это станет огромной угрозой правам всех детей.

Мы должны в прямую сказать что эта трагедия является единичным инциндентом и не в коей мере не представляет картину более 100,000 удачных усыновлений сделаних американцами в России.

Эта трагедия демонстрирует необходимость для всех нас работать вместе чтобы обеспечить увереность в том что действия одной семьи не нанесёт непоправимый ущерб тысячам детей которые нуждаются в стабильной и теплой и любящей семье. Более того, это демонтсрирует неотложную необходимость в расследовании и если необходимо в наказании виновных.

Понимая что трагический случай Артема Савельева это единичный случай который ни в коей мере не представляет общей картины многочисленных усыновлений между Россией и Америкои, мы призываем:

4. Build Families, Not Barriers

In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued Technical Instructions for Tuberculosis (TB) Screening and Treatment for Panel Physicians.

The primary goal of the new protocols is to minimize the number of immigrants entering the U.S. with multi-drug-resistant TB thereby curtailing the spread of this infectious disease among the U.S. citizenry. In May and June of 2009, CDC announced that immigrants over the age of 2 from Ethiopia and China would be subject to new TB protocols.

These new protocols require a series of tests for all immigrants, including children adopted abroad by U.S. citizens. For children adopted abroad by U.S. citizens, the tests will delay the adoption by a minimum of seven days depending on the test results could delay the issuance of visa to twelve (12) months or more.

Children adopted abroad by U.S. citizens are a unique immigrant population. Given the population’s unique situation, the implementation of these instructions is not in the best interest of these vulnerable children and should not be implemented for this population for the following reasons:

1. Adopted children of American citizens, much like children born to American citizens abroad, pose a negligible threat to the public health of the United States.

2. The CDC instructions deny U.S.-based medical treatment for children adopted by U.S. citizens.

3. The most vulnerable of all children are orphans who are older and have special needs. The new protocols will result in further developmental and physical delays for the children of American citizens.

4. The instructions do not apply to American citizens living abroad or their children and should not apply to children adopted by U.S. citizens.

5. The risk of TB transmission, even in active cases, is minimal for infected children under the age of 12 years.

6. After two weeks of treatment, and three negative AFB smears an infected person is no longer contagious. The CDC instructions therefore, are unnecessary when applied to adopted children of American citizens as the children will undoubtedly be treated immediately upon their entrance into the United States.

7. The new TB protocols will result in an increase in travel expenses for U.S.-citizen adoptive parents and unknown delays during adoption processes.

The CDC instructions, therefore, are unnecessary when applied to adopted children of American citizens. The new protocols are a significant and unnecessary roadblock, which may deny these children access to a permanent family. Implementing the protocols for this population is an excessive means of protecting against multi-drug resistant TB.

5. Support the Families for Orphans Act

UNICEF estimates that there are 143 million orphans in the world today. Research such as the Bucharest Early Intervention Study conducted by respected researchers at Harvard University, Maryland University, and other universities has shown that keeping an orphaned child in a permanent and loving family is the best way to ensure that they have love, attention, and care needed to survive, and better yet, to thrive.

Although the U.S. Government has programs related to vulnerable children, very little of the focus and funding is going toward finding permanent families for children in need of parental care.

Developing countries where millions of orphans live lack the resources and expertise necessary to develop sound systems to provide for the care of the rising number of children living outside of permanent parental care.