I work for a small nonprofit law firm, and in my office, we talk a lot about good stories. Good stories are positive tales of work we’ve done, work that has helped someone who otherwise would not have been able to afford legal services. Good stories help build goodwill toward the work that we do, and hopefully by sharing good stories, we get the opportunity and funding to continue our work (which lets us then continue to develop good stories).
I haven’t chimed in on the whole saga surrounding the adopted Russian boy who was sent back to Russia by his American mother. The story is heartbreaking. I can’t claim to know what happened, but at minimum it seems like the mother did not seek help. (Zoe has a great post on this subject, by the way.) What a tragic story for everyone involved. Unfortunately, this one story has now caused Russia to halt adoptions to American families, at least for now.**** It’s a terrible situation.
Anyway, those of us who are in the process of adopting internationally hear all sorts of good stories. The internet connects us to one another, as do our agencies and social workers. I see good adoption stories on a daily basis. In fact, they keep me going while we wait. But I often fear that the general public only hears the not-so-good stories; they hear only the tragic, heartbreaking stories.
In an effort to get word out about good international adoption stories, the Joint Council on International Children’s Services organized today as We Are the Truth Day. Hopefully this will get some attention outside of the international adoption community, and at least a few members of the general public will hear something positive. I’ve already seen several of my bloggy friends post photos or stories as evidence of their good stories, and I look forward to seeing more today.
I don’t have a good story to tell yet, but I do know we are firmly on our way to creating one!
**** (Updated at 3pm EST) The Associated Press is now reporting that earlier reports about the suspension of the Russian program are false. This is definitely good news.