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Friday, August 1, 2014

Oversees Adoption

I learned this AM that one of our employees previously accompanied a team of doctors and nurses to the Philippines on a mission trip.  While there, she encountered a toddler in an orphanage whose arm was badly burned and had to have it amputated.

To make a long story short, she is now in the process of adopting this young girl.  What I find most distasteful is that it is costing her $37,000 to adopt this little girl and it will have taken three years before it's all said and done.  It will be three years that this little girl has to continue to be housed in an orphanage rather than with a loving family and only after everyone "gets a taste" as they used to say on the Soprano's.

The lawyers, various governments, government officials, Catholic Charities, the orphanage and God knows who else get to divvy up the $37,000.  Certainly, a tribute to the employee and her family, but there has to be a cheaper, more expeditious way.

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