Red tape hurts international adoptions
Craig Juntunen rallies adoption awareness
- Duration 5:10
- Date Jul 31, 2012
Craig Juntunen rallies adoption awareness
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I've anybody -- ever tried to adopt a child knows just how difficult it is the difficulties.
Only increase of course if you're trying to.
Adult -- child from overseas somewhere it just becomes a night -- sometimes all of a red tape.
I Craig Johnson and his founder and president above -- both ends up burning.
Campaign trying to raise awareness all of this red tape and how we might tackle it a good to see -- Good to see you Jonathan thank you for having me then tell me -- why this is such an important issue and why would this red tape issue needs to be tackled.
Well both ends burning means I'm on one hand.
Billions of children all over this planet who have have a desperate need to grow up and belong in a family.
And on the other -- you have countless families who would loved to adopt.
One of those children or -- -- many of those children and in the middle you have this process that's prohibiting.
These two entities from coming together so both ends are burning.
And in my mind it's a shame that.
We're letting a inefficient process.
Damage children and in some cases destroy children.
What what -- the inefficiencies from from the American and then all all from -- the other end as well.
-- Craig what are what are families trying to adopt these children faced with the makes it so difficult for them.
Well -- its basic fundamental of the average in her country adoption takes 33 months to -- processed and cost approximately 28000 dollars.
Those two milestones alone are.
Prohibiting many families from engaging in this activity and with a a process that takes 33 months.
Were not recognizing the fact that every day matters in the developmental cycle of a child -- 33 months from from a child's first year to the fourth year they're fifth here.
These are critical developmental years and these are years they would never get back end.
So you have to know fundamental flaws in our what if this what if we could.
-- system that had greater safeguards.
Greater transparency never put a child or birth mother risk.
And at the same time we could reduce cost to a manageable number and reduce time how many more children -- find their way into a family.
The answer is a lot.
Well interest and you know -- Craig I was in Haiti -- to the earthquake couple years ago.
And I did went into one of the orphanages that where they have to.
Nothing absolutely nothing they couldn't get enough.
How would for that -- to make any milk for the kids they couldn't get.
Anything and -- in the orphanage we went into there were a bank probably.
I'm thinking of it visually now that 25 kids under the age of two years in the back of a pickup truck.
That was their home most of them I think something like 90% of them.
Already have the papal look pretty much done.
To getting to the United States yet there was still that was one final group that they have to jump through and it wasn't getting done.
I -- I remember saying at the time you know what's holding.
The from the best of America which of the families who wanted to adopt these was the worst of America which is the -- extraordinary red tape now that situation also noted that but I guess that.
That's an extreme situations of the public gets to know about it but what you're saying is.
This kind of thing is occurring every day -- the international adoptions ride around the world.
Right and that's why we've gone out and produced our feature length documentary film called stock.
I commissioned a study a few years ago.
Actually we've done two studies now -- the first study determined that seven out of ten Americans believe -- -- country adoption is on the rise.
As a society we aren't aware of this problem and when I go out.
And give talks or even meet people one on one and a coffee shop and I begin to tell them anecdotal stories like the one you just described.
-- and you can use virtually any country and any number of family stories.
People are -- -- their responses there incredulous they they just can't believe this is really happening.
What our hope is is that -- the film will begin a global conversation.
To make these kids' lives -- -- you know Jonathan there's.
Ten million children today living in the institutional -- similar to the ones you just describe ten million last.
And that's -- that's a societal problem that we've just chose to ignore and that's wrong.
And that's why.
We've gone out to produce this film.
So we can elevate this issue and so that these children's lives will become.
You know something that we were considering we're trying to come to the tables -- to have to find solutions.
And these kids' lives just haven't been very high on our -- apple and that's just what you saw an eight.
All right okay and our viewers can find out more about your organization of both ends burning don't hold and also.
On -- FaceBook page BEB campaign.
I Craig Johnson founder president of both ends burning campaign it's a great campaign.
Draw -- -- -- find out more about it thank you very much of.