My friend adopted a little girl from China. She says that she and her husband had waited for years for a chance to adopt even though they gave birth to their son. They had wanted a sibling for him. The day finally happens and they fly to China to pick up their beloved, much awaited little girl. When they got there and began to read up on their daughter, they began to get really uncomfortable. For starters, the little girl had been with her birth mom for three weeks. During those three weeks the mother exclusively breastfed the baby. The mom also wrote down all those little details that every parent does. The exact date, hour and minute of birth, her size and weight, her personality features, her likes and dislikes, how she liked to be held. The more they read, the more they began to understand that they were adopting an illegal baby. No, not illegal in that she was on the black market, but illegal in that the mother had this second baby without the Government’s permission. The Chinese Government literally had taken this baby from the mother and forced the child into adoption! The “orphanage” said that when they received the baby, the little girl refused to eat, refused to smile, refused to respond. The baby grieved being taken from her beloved mommy.
In the meantime, please say a prayer for all mothers who have had their children taken from them.