A wish for hope - and a little begging

You may remember a story that was in the news about ten months ago about a Korean girl who was adopted and then abandoned by a Dutch couple - if not, you can read about it here and here; I posted my thoughts here, although one word pretty much sums them up: appalled. The Korean adoption community reacted in much the same way, and I have no doubt that this incident contributed to recent renewed efforts in Korea to stop intercountry adoption.

JoongAng Ilbo reported that the little girl, whose name at the time her Dutch parents terminated her adoption in September 2006 was Jade Poeteray, has been adopted by a couple in Hong Kong. Stateless due to the failure of her first adoptive family obtain citizenship for her, she has been in the care of Hong Kong social services since then.

There's a part of me that is glad that a family stepped forward and made the commitment to this child, who has experienced more abandonment in her short life than many experience in a lifetime. But another part of me wonders if she will ever be able to overcome the experience she had with the Dutch couple who so seriously let her down. I hope for her sake that her new adoptive parents understand the enormity of the responsibility they have undertaken, and will stand by her no matter the difficulties she faces in the future.

I hope that this little girl finds love and support in her new family that ease the pain of the loss of her Korean family and memories of abandonment by her first adoptive family. If ever there was a need for the power of love to do surmount the seeming impossible, I think it's now, in this little girl's life.

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You are correct, I've been absent recently. There's so much going on in my life - nothing new, I should add, just a whole lotta the same - that I'm finding it impossible to keep up with my online buddies. I'm very sorry about that, as I know you all have been busy writing lots of good stuff, and I haven't been able to read it.

The most obvious reason is that there are only so many hours in the day, and after a long day of work that is spent entirely, and I mean ENTIRELY, on the computer, I'm finding I need to get off the damn thing for awhile at the end of the day. Sadly, though, pretty much everyone I know in real life and online keeps in touch electronically, so I'm now woefully out of touch.

So woefully out of touch, in fact, that I'm going to ask a favor: Please leave a comment and let me know how you are!


papa2hapa said…
I remember the story. It made me mad.
Cavatica said…
I can't even imagine what that little girl is going through. I hope she has found an incredible family who understand.

Doing great here, but busy, busy, busy. Blogging is my solace.
a Tonggu Momma said…
That story still brings me to tears. As to how we are... in a word, crappy. (Sorry I'm not more uplifting.) My neighbor and friend Rosie died two weeks ago, leaving a husband and her six-year-old twins.
Thorn said…
I don't think I've posted a comment before, but I'm glad to hear you're doing well. I am too!
Margie said…
Thanks, all, and glad you commented, Thorn :)
jerseygirl_chris said…
Yes, I remember this story and it makes me feel ill. I hope that little girl and her family can find peace and healing with the past.

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