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Thursday, August 18, 2005
A call to action!
Throughout this process we have received so much love and support from all of you. We often hear from people "We wish there was something more we could do to help". Well now there is something that everyone can do. Some of you may or may not know that there are those in political power in Russia that are looking for a moratorium on foreign adoptions. Most of those anti-adoption sentiments are against US families and come from ultra-conservative, anti-American voices. It is time to make our voices heard. We have learned from the ONE campaign that individuals can and do make a difference. I have posted a link to the American Foundation for Orphans Abroad. From their website you can find a letter that urges our politicians to take action to prevent any further delays in the international adoption process. They also have links directly to the sites where you can find the addresses, phone numbers, and emails of your senators and representatives. I know that we have asked a lot of all of you in this journey. So now we ask you once again for your help. Please time some time out of your busy schedule to fight for the rights of the orphans that don't have a voice, even in their own government. We ask that you use the letter on AFOA's website or even write one of your own and send it to your legislators. Some will tell you that it's better to write a letter or call than to email your thoughts. I personally think that contacting them any way possible is better than not at all. Remember that these people work for us and that we pay their salaries, it's time that we get something back in return. This is finally a chance for us to be proactive rather than sitting around and waiting for something 'bad' to happen. This issue affects the future of not only our son, but the other 700,000 orphans that languish in Russian orphanages everyday. It's time to take a stand and let our politicians know that this is not just about adoptive parents rights, but about human and children's rights. I know together that we can make a difference.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Rule of thumbs (rules of thumb?) when contacting political officials regarding policy:

Phone calls are nice, they keep track of them.

e-mail is okay, it can get lost

Fax is the best.

Mail is best if sent to the local office, and not DC, as the DC mail (thanks to the STILL unsolved act of domestic terrorism/anthrax) is a bit slow.


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