Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Latest update on Netwerk TV issue

Funny, for all of Netwerk TV's insistence that it broke no copyright laws in using my Youtube video for their documentary (and also another Youtube video for the same documentary) they have not only removed MY video but the other person's video as well. Now the documentary contains NO Youtube video at all.

Hmmmmmmm...... and they've done no wrong. Uh-huh. Riiiiight....

On a lighter note, in about a week we'll know if we are in the next batch of referrals - or if we'll have to wait until May (or possibly June). The waiting is aging me beyond my years.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed - but I think doing twelve days of dossiers is really out of the question. Six days is probably more like it - eight if we're all very lucky.

There's a lot of talk about what will happen with adoptions from China during the Olympics. I think probably for around 6-8 weeks, travel to adopt from China will be halted. As we know, the White Swan was doing some rennovations... and some of the Olympics will be held in Hong Kong - so I am assuming that athletes will be staying at 4 & 5 star hotels in China - and most likely will need to stay in some hotels in the Guangzhou area (which is about a 30-45 minute ferry ride to Hong Kong). And the prices for hotels will be astronomically high for the majority of adopters. I can't see hotels dropping prices during that time for adoptive parents when they will be charging several times that for the Olympics.

Just my thoughts. Or as Forrest Gump would say, "That's all I got to say about that."

Friday, March 14, 2008

WARNING to parents who post video on the internet

My family has been victimized and violated by the Netherlands' broadcasting group Netwerk TV.

Parts from my adoption videos were downloaded by this network for a documentary on Chinese children being abducted and sold to orphanages for adoption and government officials forcibly taking children from families who had children against their population control laws and placing those children in orphanages where they are (supposedly) adopted internationally. In the middle of this report, they had placed a shot of my husband holding our daughter just after she had been handed to us, and a full-faced shot of our daughter sitting on a playroom floor.

This gives anyone who doesn't speak Dutch the impression that our daughter is one of those abducted and sold to an orphange so she could be adopted internationally. This company did not ask permission to use our video, because they are under the assumption that if it is on Youtube, it is fair game for ANYTHING! And I have not been successful in getting a transcript of the documentary - Netwerk TV won't respond to that request.

I've had no problems with someone embedding our video into a blog or website - as long as the video is left intact and not used for purposes other than what I had intended it for. But to take video from someone and then use it in what is supposed to be a documentary without the permission of the owner of the video, and to put it into the video as part of that documentary - it implies that our adoption has a dark, clandestine, illegal and immoral side to it.

OK, let's deal with the truth. There are going to be VERY FEW adoptive parents of Chinese children who will know the exact circumstances of their child's birth and abandonment. VERY FEW. We don't know anything other than what was in our daughter's write up in her referral. We trusted that referral info...

But unless the people making the documentary could absolutely prove that our daughter was one of those children involved with this issue... and if that is the case they absolutely should be telling us our daughter may not have been abandoned as originally believed - that would be the moral and ethical thing to do (but of course the words moral, ethical, and Netherlands doesn't seem to go together when you think of the government sanctioned prostitution and drug trade in the Netherlands) - but since they can't prove this (and I am assuming this is the case because no one has contacted us to this effect) they they had no right to use our video so as to leave one implicated in this scenario.

They have refused to provide me with a transcript of the video... and although they claim to have done nothing wrong, they have taken down the video from their site and are supposed to edit out our video from their documentary. Well.... if they have done nothing wrong, why are they backing down on this?

Monday, March 03, 2008

Will we get a referral?

The latest rumors coming from different sources is that March's referrals will have a Jan 04, 2006 LID cutoff. If that is true, then our referral can't be but maybe 2-3 months away. Our LID is Jan 16, 2006.

I have been thinking that, since China has changed its rules as of May of last year, and with our ages and the wait we have had (25 1/2 months and counting), that we will not be granted a referral. It is a nagging feeling I've had since last year in May, and it has been so deprressing at times... But of course, I thought there was a good chance that we wouldn't get a referral during our first wait to adopt... and look what happened. We were matched with a child who was so wonderful.

So, the waiting and not knowing is about to come to an end. At least, in a couple of months, it should be nice to finally KNOW one way or another. The funny thing is, it will have been four years since we adopted Kenzie. Almost four years to the date.

I know it's wishful thinking, but I wish we could get our referral in April. Just like we got Kenzie's.

C'mon CCAA! I am counting on you to make us a family of four. And to give Kenzie a sister... and another of your beautiful children a home and family.