Monday, October 1, 2007

WCCO: Sue's Adoption Story

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.

5 comments:

Sharon said...

Sue,

Thank you so much for making your story so public - that will help countless kids in Liberia. Thank you too for shedding light on the huge delays in processing adoptions by U.S. Immigration and the U.S. Embassy. I hope you post the program from tomorrow and look forward to watching it. Maybe it will help my adoption move more quickly.

Sharon

Shelby & Lori said...

I love the way you and your family are giving back to Liberia. Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Sue,

Nice job and great footage. I was finally able to show Lorea some of the areas I saw while there that I unfortunately never got on video. Thank you for continuing to fight to fight for all the kids still waiting and for all the parents not as lucky as you and I who are still waiting to bring their kids home!

Valerie

Tammy said...

Sue,
This was an amazing news cast. I'm so glad you posted it. It gave me so much more insight into where Akins, Abigail, and Eman came from. Your kids are very fortunate to have you and Scott as their adoptive parents. Just as you, Scott, and Annie are fortunate to have them. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Sue, I didnt see the broadcast yet, but you have impressed on me to also be a sponsor.
As a single mom-to-be it will be a bit harder financially, but I see that the $35.00 given to Alice went a long, long way.
Thanks for sharing.
Patricia