You know, there are some really insensitive clods out there who tell me that it is a GOOD thing that Kyrgyzstan froze up because had we been given a referral, we probably would be 'stuck' just like 'those other people' and would never have tried IVF. And, though maybe those people are right in their assumptions we would NOT have done IVF, and I am thankful to God that we are pregnant, that does NOT erase the fact that 'those other people' are people I have come to know and love...included in daily prayers and thoughts. More than that, those children, who just sit and wait--grow up institutionalized more and more each day--for them, Kyrgyzstan freezing up is AWFUL, HORRIBLE and TERRIBLE. How on earth could I EVER rejoice in that fact, regardless of what path it may or may not have pushed me to take? Seriously.
So, that said, I am happy to announce that there are some lights of hope for the families and children in waiting, and something you can do to maybe make those lights shine a bit brighter. This is copied from many different parents' sites...and just a few minutes of your time could make all the difference in getting your Congresspeople to help represent not only constituents of their states but children of this planet. Take a minute, read this, and join this call to action. Please.
Dear Friends and Families,
As noted in Joint Council's President & CEO's communication yesterday Joint Council has worked closely with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) to secure a 15 minute meeting with Congressional Staffers and the six families traveling to Washington D.C. to represent the group. The meeting will occur just before the Kyrgyz delegation meets with Congressional staffers. In order to ensure that as many Congressional Offices are in attendance at the two meetings Joint Council is initiating a Call to Action requesting the 65 families contact their Senators and Congressmen. Joint Council requests that all families contact their U.S. Senators and Congress persons on Tuesday, May 26th. The purpose of your call is to request they attend the meetings on Friday, May 29th. Please note that Friday, May 29th is during a Congressional Recess.On Tuesday, May 26th we request that you do the following:
1) Call both of your U.S. Senators and your representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives:You can find your Senators' phone numbers and email address at www.senate.govYou can find your Representatives' phone numbers and email address at http://www.house.gov/
2) Include the following in your calls and emails:"As constituents, I/we urge the Senator/Congressperson to attend the meeting with Kyrgyz officials hosted by Senator Landrieu and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute on Friday, May 29th."If they have not heard about the meeting, ask them to contact the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute at (202) 544-8500 or Joint Council at (703) 535-8045.
3) Send an email to everyone you called:The email is important, but the phone call should be placed first.Additionally, feel free to forward this request to your friends and family, asking them to contact their Senators and Congress persons requesting they attend the meeting.
Rebecca Harris Government Relations and Communications Manager
Childrens' lives literally are in limbo and this meeting can make all the difference.