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10,000 AMERICAN FAMILIES AFFECTED BY HIDDEN SARS REPERCUSSION
DENVER, CO - May 27, 2003 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- One Light Adoptions
(onelightadoptions.org) estimates that nearly 10,000 American families eagerly
anticipating the arrival of adopted children from China have been told that
their adoptions are on "indefinite suspension" due to SARS. The China Center for
Adoption Affairs suspended adoptions last Tuesday, affecting the placement of
most international children adopted into the United States. 30% of incoming
international adoptions are from China.
"A lot of those families expecting kids are in an absolute panic," says Lisa
Novak, an attorney specializing in international adoptions. "These are people
who have gone through a lot of time, expense and emotion to start the adoption
process. Now they're being told to 'wait and see what happens', and no one knows
how long the suspension may be."
Many adoption services only work with Chinese adoptions, and can't offer
families here alternatives. Novak, who co-founded the non-profit One Light
Adoptions, which works with many countries, says that her office is inundated
with calls from families wanting to know what their options are. "People don't
know what to do. They are not certain if they're going to get a child, and it's
a highly charged emotional issue for them. It's also financial, for some of them
say that if they don't get a child, they won't get back any fees they have
already paid agencies," says Novak.
In response to this crisis, a free informational hotline offering updates and
alternatives to Chinese adoptions has been started by One Light. Prospective
parents at any step along the adoption path can call to get the latest
information on the situation, or find out what options they have.
The One Light Chinese Adoption Information and Alternatives hotline is 303-
442-8880, and is staffed Monday through Friday 9AM to 5PM Mountain Time. Callers
can leave a message to have an adoption expert call them back at other times.
About One Light Adoptions
One Light Adoptions is a non-profit, non-denominational, international adoption
agency founded by the sister-brother team of Lisa and Joseph Novak, who have
nearly 50 years of combined domestic and international business experience and a
lifetime of charitable and volunteer activities promoting the welfare of
children. One Light demystifies the process of international adoption and
provides extensive resources including pre- and post-adoption training and
support for adoption families across the U.S.
Source of news:
Koza Communications, for One Light Adoptions
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