Chloe recently had this opinion piece published in our local paper “The Arusha Times”
Extending loving hand to children
By Chloe Anderson, ISM
Can we change the way adoption forms our children? If we tried, we could, but how?
I think adoption can change a child’s life in many sorts of ways. I think that we could make the lives of our children a lot less painful. We can change their lives, their hearts and their minds. We could!! We could!! We could!!
But what can we do? We can let the children be freer, more inspired, more open. We could let the children go to school, so they don’t have to wait until they’re adopted to get education. We could let them feel like they’re home the whole time and getting loved. We should make the process a lot shorter, because the children get fed up with knowing that they could be at their new home, connecting with their family. Maybe we could make the steps a lot simpler, so they don’t take so long and so the adults don’t get so tired.
People think that adoption is a great thing to be doing, but I think all adoption does is make a child think that no one loves them, and cares for them. So all you’re doing when you put a child up for adoption, is apparently telling them that no-one loves them and no-one even cares about them.
So maybe what we should do is open our hearts and let them listen.