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WTF is this?: ‘Orphans visit Minnesota for possible last-chance adoption’

So, there’s this from KMSP-TV:

Lindsay Swiggum is with a group called Camp of Dreams, and she knows life in Colombia is tough if they don’t get adopted.

“Once they turn 15, they can no longer come to the us through adoption so we’re working to get a family before they turn that age,” she said. “So once they turn 15, they start phasing out of the institutions.”

“Then they have to make lives on their own and on the streets of Colombia,” Swiggum added.

This trip to Minnesota is called a “One Week Camp,” and the kids don’t know that they’ll meet families who might want to adopt them.

You can check out the video for the bit here.

Our friend Harlow’s Monkey writes: “I find this problematic and unethical.” I totally agree. There’s a lot of BS going on here, and jeezus, what do you think goes through the heads of these teens?! Instead of “shipping” these kids over to the Minnesota for a “vacation” (as a Minnesotan, I guarantee you the state isn’t the best place for a vacation in the winter), why don’t the (White saviors) people behind Camp of Dreams attempt to raise awareness, advocate for infrastructure, and fundraise for these teens so that they have the resources to have a life of their own in Colombia? Why rip the kids out of their country, culture, and even family? And is Camp of Dreams sure these kids are true orphans because there are a lot of cases in which Colombian adoptees find out later on in their lives that they actually were not orphans?





2 Comments on WTF is this?: ‘Orphans visit Minnesota for possible last-chance adoption’

  1. How do you know they’re not? It’s really tough in Colombia right now for a child to be adopted. They’ve instilled a law of seven degrees of sanguinity to make sure that there isn’t some obscure uncle who might care for these children. And thankfully so, but these kids are probably at the end of the road. Colombians haven’t stepped up to adopt them. They’re sibling groups and older children and some have learning or health disabilities, three groups who have traditionally had a hard time finding families. Their only option at this point is adoption. I went to a planning meeting last year b/c my adoptee senses were tingling when I heard about this camp. The planners have the best intentions, and the organization behind the camp raises tons and tons of money each year to support the orphanage that cares for the kids. The orphanage supports women and families in their community and is totally supported by donations. No one is getting rich here. Is the camp the best way to find families for these children who want families (which is what they say when asked what they want for Christmas)? Probably not, but so far, it’s the best idea they’ve come up with…

  2. – The children’s status is carefully vetted through the Colombian child protection agency
    – These are older children, which have little chance of being adopted otherwise
    – The adopting families in the US go through a 10 month approval process including background checks, psychological evaluations, medical reviews and much more
    – After returning to the US there are follow up checks done every few months to ensure everyone is doing well
    – The kids have been available for adoption in Colombia, often for years, before they were sent to Camp of Dreams. This may be their last chance before they are on their own with little education, no money, and no support system (similar to US foster kids)
    – The families of Friends of FANA collectively donate well over $100,000 to the orphanage each year
    – Adoption isn’t ideal, but it’s the best option these kids have at the moment
    – It takes an especially caring family to take in another child as their own. The patience, time, and money commitment is all encompassing.

    We adopted twins through FANA. It’s the most challenging and most important thing I have ever done.


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