Chances for Children
Letter from Founder, Craig Juntunen
2008 was a successful year for the Chances for Children foundation. Thanks to the collaborative work of Chances for Children and the Crèche de Enfant Jesus.in Haiti, we saw 30 children go home to their new families. This is the most adoptions we have ever completed in a year, more than doubling the number of adoptions completed in previous years.
This success is a credit to all involved. We could not have done this without the generous support from our investors, our adoptive families and the dedicated energies of our staff, both here and in Haiti. I would like to formally thank all of you for what you have done; in joining our team you have made a tangible difference in forming new families and dramatically altering or saving children's lives.
Although we take pride in completing 30 adoptions, the sad truth is we could have done more. A lot more. When one looks at the prospects of international adoption, one sees an abundant supply of children who need a home, and plenty of families who would like to adopt a child. The bottleneck in doing more is not in the form of supply and demand. The bottleneck lies in the politics of special interest groups and government agencies both here and abroad.
So as we end one year and enter another, we can celebrate thirty adoptions and challenge ourselves to do more in the year ahead. Many of you have asked, "What else could I do to help this cause" Where we need help, is in contacting government authorities that can influence procedural change in the International Adoption process. It is a tragedy that governmental agencies have banded together to create a stubborn bureaucratic gridlock, making international adoption a frustrating and painstaking experience for all involved.
Currently there are 45 children under C4C care at the crèche. All of them are currently matched with families. We have families and children waiting to start the process of adoption, but it is difficult to move forward in the face of this gridlock that is driven by politics. Our job is to challenge the current expectation within these government agencies and encourage them to streamline the process. Influencing these changes is a daunting task and that is why we need your help and where we need to focus our energies in 2009.
Thank you again for what you have done for all of these children. Take satisfaction in knowing that you have made difference. If you can help us with our critical action items of this 2009 please contact us at your convenience.