Last night at 10, the story we shot while in Liberia aired on WCCO. Sue captured what's going on in Liberia today...as well as our adoption story.
We both think the most poignant part of the story is where she says "Alexander Davis came to see what his 4 and 7 year old children's life would be like. He's my children's birth father." It catches you sleeping...you say to yourself, "WHAT?" As Sue says in her story, most of these children are being adopted from families who are still alive. We didn't expect that when we began this process a few years ago...and we're still getting used to the fact that these two beautiful children still have family (whom they know and love) back in Liberia. It's a bit unsettling...until you look at the reality this IS Liberia today.
Eighty-five percent unemployment. Very limited infrastructure. A government that is still trying to establish itself...and struggles with instability while fighting accusations of fraud each day. How different is it really, than say a white, middle class 18 year old woman giving up her child to adoption because she is unable to provide the care and future that a child deserves?
We do think of A & E's parents often. We feel close to them although there is a good chance we may never see them again. They did the right thing for their children. As difficult as it is for us to imagine letting 2 of our children go...we do not live in Liberia either. We appreciate their difficult decision and hope we...and A & E...can make them proud.