At the asian festival, what is wrong with this picture??
Soooo….today I went to the Asian festival. It’s been a coupla years since I went last, but a friend of mine wanted to go, so I thought “what the hell”.
Last time I went, this adoption agency was there. I remember feeling both offended and violated that an adoption agency would actually be represented. At that time, I called and complained to the Texas Institute of Cultures and to the Great Wall of China agency. In fairness, the lady who I spoke with at the agency was nice and actually offered to have me come and speak to PAPs, which I agreed to do.
My friend, Trish, and I went and spoke at the PAP get-together. All of these potentials sat there, a picture of some nameless asian child encased in a picture frame. This was a meeting for those who had finally been assigned a child. I remember one lady who walked in with the picture in a very expensive frame, trailed by her hen-pecked hubby who was actually carrying their lap dog! Of course, this couple also decided NOT to stay for the talk that Trish and I were giving. The one that probably needed it most didn’t stay. I remember thinking, what kind of screening do these agencies do?!
Anyways, two or three years laters, this agency is still out there, peddling their wares at the festival. I wonder what goes through their minds. I wonder if they really think they can pull in more money by setting up a booth. I, as an adoptee, come to the festival trying to connect with some of my roots. While there, I feel happy and sad, angry and contemplative. What I don’t want to come face-to-face with is a business that profits from our losses!
So, I’ll voice my complaint again this year as well, but I’m guessing it won’t make a difference. After all, I’m sure that the Great Wall of China is paying a hefty sum to be there, and as we know in adoption, money speaks louder than….well, everything.