There are hundreds of private agencies that exist to help children in need. Yet many times the progress these organizations seek to make is held back by the interference of governmental entities that claim to promote child welfare. International organizations like UNICEF often carry the baggage of a political agenda and worldview which tends to harm more children then it helps. The UNICEF response to the devastated children of Haiti is just one example. While UNICEF may boast of providing immunizations for hundreds of children, it has abandoned hundreds more to the streets by preventing their adoption into caring families.
Since the devastating Jan. 12 catastrophe that left hundreds of thousands of Haitian children orphaned and in deplorable conditions, UNICEF has mounted an international publicity campaign and worked behind the scenes pressuring Haitian government officials to shut down international adoptions. Their message to the world has been clear: In order to preserve local cultures, out-of-country adoptions must be stopped.
No group has done more to save children’s lives and give hope to Haiti’s orphan population than Christian orphanages. Despite this fact, the scope of UNICEF’s anti-adoption activities was officially extended last week to public opposition to orphanages. Marie de la Soudiere, the coordinator for UNICEF’s separated-children fund told Time magazine: “Our answer is ‘no’ to orphanages.”
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