All About Nepal

While thinking about our second adoption prior to starting a dossier,  I considered what countries would be options for us. At the time, many programs I desired had closed their adoption programs or the USCIS closed up shop for them. For example, I'd go to Vietnam in a heartbeat, but they have been closed for many years now. The problem with many is that transparent, ethical adoptions were becoming more difficult to secure whether or not they were part of the Hague Convention.  Nepal was also one of the countries that we considered. They had difficult regulations that we could not meet, therefore pushing Nepal to the "No" box. Some may remember the petition that I and many others in the adoptive community endorsed and signed trying to encourage the USCIS to allow those parents actually in Nepal and matched with a child to have an investigation completed regarding the legality of their completed adoption and allowed to come home with their children. By the way, some of those 80 (some) parents stayed behind leaving jobs, taking second mortgages, hiring lawyers, and living in Nepal to fight for the right to bring their children home making sure transparent investigations were performed. I still agree with the petition. (Side note: Only speaking of what I know to be true as I am not a Nepalese adoption expert!)

I knew of Civil unrest in Nepal and was interested in it but not enough to stop what I was doing to follow it in the news and internet. I've had The Little Princes on my list to read for some time and just recently got around to reading it. 

I highly, highly recommend it. If you've wondered how child trafficking could be a serious problem in today's world, or how one person could even make a dent in rectifying the problem, this book will answer all your questions. It also is a testament to the resiliency of children as these boys create a happy family of little "Oliver-like" boys pushing back fears and memories to allow themselves the freedom to be children. I am obviously a huge fan of adoption and hope one day that Nepal's adoption program will create a transparent system that places orphaned children into loving homes. This is not very likely with an unstable government.  This book gives a glimpse into re-uniting those families of trafficked children and reuniting children with their mothers. It grips at your heart imagining what those mothers felt looking at a picture of the son they "gave away" thinking they were keeping their boys from harm. If it isn't on your book list of "must reads",  put in on the top! 

Kristi  – (January 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM)  

Thanks for the review. I've been looking for another book to read in the spare time I've got to figure out how to create! :)

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