Stuck: Every Child Deserves a Family.
Both Ends Burning.
Publication Information: Both Ends Burning: www.BothEndsBurning.org
This 82-minute documentary tells the personal, real-life stories of children and parents navigating a roller-coaster of bureaucracy on their journeys through the international adoption system. The lives of four children are followed from orphanages in their native countries to their homes with families in the United States. The challenges the families face and their intense hope and disappointment are shared. The film highlights the power of human love and the inexplicable connection between parent and child, even when separated by thousands of miles and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Materials accompany the DVD and include information on the Both Ends Burning organization that id dedicated to defending every child’s human right to a permanent loving family. Statistics are shared that indicate the number of children placed into US families through international adoption has fallen for eight years straight, the failure of the Hague Treaty, and the need for child advocacy. (Author abstract modified)
intercountry adoption; adoption fraud; black market adoption; ethics; adoption statistics; historical perspective; best interests of the child; Hague Convention; permanency; foster care drift