International Day of Older Persons 2019 is on Tuesday, October 1, 2019: International adoption situation?


Tuesday, October 1, 2019 is International Day of Older Persons 2019.

International adoption situation?

I know from my personal experience and personal observations in India that in many cases older children are living on the streets before they come into contact with the orphanages. The police bring them in after making cursory checks for family. Many of these children don't even know the names of their birth parents and it's routine for some of the lower caste people to only have one name. I had one person working in my home as a driver who only knew that he was "Kami (Kamesh), son of Raju" and that he was from Raigarh in UP, India.

Now, if you go to that village (although it may be more then a village for all I know) I bet you would find plenty of Raju's with son's named Kamesh. Imagine now that the person didn't even know that much about their past. I would imagine that in many parts of China it can be that way too.

The system in many of these countries seems pretty archaic by our standards, and by our standards it is. At the same time however it works for them and who are we to impose our standards on their country. Room for improvement? Plenty, no doubt about it, but there has to be the will and the ability within the country to change things.

I look at the info we have on our daughter that we adopted from overseas. Born to an unwed mother (actually, it states on her forms that she was the illegitimate daughter of an unwed mother). Brought to the orphanage in rural India (one run by Mother Theresa's organization) between 24-48 hours after delivery. Give or take a bit owing to what ever time she may have been born and delivered. And 3 months later transported to New Delhi to one of their main orphanages there. She came to us at 8 months old and sometime between when she arrived in Delhi and when we brought her home she was shipped to Calcutta (called Kolkara now) and back temporarily when polio worked it's way through the orphanage. They had identified her as having a minor heart problem (a fast heart rate) and a minor skeletal problem (a divot at the bottom of her sternum) however Canadian doctors have never found any evidence of a problem. She was very malnourished (10 lbs at 8 months) but we quickly dealt with that when she came to us however and there are some lingering cognitive issues because of the malnourishment, nothing that we can't work to accommodate though.

Other then that, we have nothing for that 8 month period of her life other then one photo taken when she was 3 months and arrived in Delhi. No notation on the ID of the birth parents, their caste, their profession/job, their medical history, their language (of the many in India) or anything else. We have a notation that she was Hindu but her name was Muslim in origin. Not an uncommon occurrence but then again....who knows. Most of what we do know was because we were living in India during the time we adopted and I kept my eyes and ears open during the process but that was still all I was able to get.

What you are seeing from China doesn't sound much different then what we went through. In many cases they just don't know the info to put in the files. Things like that are viewed differently in many of these countries and you have to avoid taking such an ethnocentric view of things and just request as much info as you can, make a sound decision with your head (keeping your heart in check as best you can) and pray for the best knowing that you will make things work for all concerned.

Who is the oldest person to have played international cricket?

Who is the oldest person to have played international cricket?

James Southerton

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Wilfred Rhodes

Age at last Test --52 years, 156 days

How old is the oldest person in the world?

How old is the oldest person in the world?

The following tables list only the verified oldest people in world in ordinal rank, such as oldest person or oldest man. A super centenarian is considered verified if their claim has been accepted by an international body that specifically deals in longevity research, such as the Gerontology Research Group or the Guinness Book of World Records. The longest unambiguously documented lifespan is that of Jeanne Calment of France (1875–1997), who died at age 122 years and 164 days. She met Vincent van Gogh at age 14.[1] This led to her being noticed by the media in 1985, at age 110. Subsequent investigation found that her life was documented in the records of her native city of Arles beyond reasonable question.[2] More evidence for the Calment case has been produced than for any other super centenarian case, which makes her case a standard among the oldest people record holders.[citation needed] This is contrasted with the now-disputed claim of age 120 for the oldest man ever, Shigechiyo Izumi. While this case is currently still recognised by Guinness World Records,[3] the Japanese authorities have hinted that his age was not certain.[4] Since the death of Maria de Jesus on 2 January 2009, the oldest living person is Gertrude Baines of the United States, who was born on 6 April 1894. She is the only verified surviving person who was born in 1894. The oldest living man is Walter Breuning, who was born on 21 September 1896, and is also from the United States. [5]

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