On reading my blogs this morning I am comforted.
Half the Sky is doing such a good job there in the orphanages and with the foster parent program and in their work with the Chinese government. Not to mention the earthquake help! Go to their web site and do some research, see some photos and read some of the first person reports. (see links)
I am seeing such a change in the photos posted by parents waiting to travel to China. With their referrals they get several pictures and then are able to communicate with the caregivers and ask questions and send packages and get updates....even, in one case a Birthday cake. Wow. The surroundings are looking so much less drab and institutional, and the staff look happy as do the children. I know that this is not always the case but it is a step in the right direction and I get a sense that the government is making an effort to improve the care of these orphans.
When we first adopted back in 1996 we received one tiny passport size photo that was 6 months old. It was a very serious business then! I wouldn't have had a clue about contacting the SWI. So that is progress folks. We aren't any where close to where we should be but things are improving.
It also does my heart good to see the older children being adopted. There are so many wonderful kids waiting for a home and so few who are chosen. After the earthquake their numbers are sure to grow.