Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
NEWS IN SLOW SPANISH
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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Monday, November 22, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
This most recent Wait List was published by ICBF on November 10, 2010. Once again, there has been a lot of movement. Great news for adoptive parents and for Colombian Children!!
Remember, the ICBF Wait List applies to adoptions through ICBF only -- not through CASAS PRIVADAS. It also ONLY APPLIES TO NON-COLOMBIAN FAMILIES. It DOES NOT reflect special needs children. The definition of special needs are children with disabilities, children over 8 years of age, and sibling groups of 3 or more.
Nearly all of the dates have advanced again this time!!! YEAH!!!
The dates that have moved are in BLUE.
Also, this list only reflects that there are no more dossiers at the national office prior to the date shown. Dossiers from before Feb 2007 in the 0-23 months category, for example, may still need a referral, but they have already been sent to a region and are no longer at the national office.
Age of Child ------- Date of Application Approval by ICBF
Child 0-12 months ------ May - 2007
Child 13 - 23 months ---- May - 2007
Child 2 years ----------- Mar - 2006
Child 2 - 3 years -------- Feb - 2007
Child 3 years ----------- May - 2006
Child 3 - 4 years -------- Nov - 2006
Child 4 years ----------- Oct - 2006
Child 4 -5 years -------- May - 2007
Child 5 years ----------- Aug - 2009
Child 5 - 6 years ------- May - 2008
Child 6 years ----------- NOT LISTED ON NEW FORM
Child 7 years ----------- Jul - 2010
2 Siblings 0 - 4 years --- Nov -2007
2 Siblings 0 - 5 years --- Nov -2007
2 Siblings 0 - 6 years --- Jan -2009
2 Siblings 0 - 7 years --- Oct-2009
2 Siblings 0 - 8 years --- Aug - 2010
The eruption caused the glaciers on the mountain to melt, sending massive lahars (volcanically induced mud and landslides) rushing into the valley below. The slide reached speeds of around 40 kilometers an hour. It crashed into the town of Chinchiná and Armero, killing around 23,000 people and burying the landscape in about 30 feet of mud and ash.
The composition of the mud, made it impossible to use heavy machinery to help dig out survivors.
Failure by the Colombia government to order the evacuation suggested by vulcanologists was cited as the cause for most of the deaths. Information was poorly distributed and the common man was not aware of the danger.
The Nevado del Ruiz is still erupting on occasion. In fact, while we were in Colombia this summer, our flight to Cali took extra time as we needed to take a different route because the volcano was erupting. There is still a threat of lahars and there are still people in the path of possible distruction.
Here is a video about the event, but be warned, it was a tragedy and some of the footage might be disturbing for some.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Born in 1957, Díaz was raised on a farm on the outskirts of La Junta, in the department of La Guajira. His family was very poor , but he had an uncle that was a singer. This uncle helped Díaz to train his voice. In the mid 1970's, he got his first recording deal. He has pumped out one or two recordings every year since, with the exception of the years he was on the run or in jail. Which brings me to this ...
I think that the reason I haven't written about him is that there is a huge scandal that surrounded him in 1997. I remember the scandal because my husband and I were visiting Colombia shortly after the story broke.
In May of 1997, Díaz had held a party at his home in Bogotá. Drugs were present and at the party a young woman was raped. The next morning the woman was found dead on the outskirts of Bogotá. Starting in October 1997, Díaz was placed on house confinement because of "health issues." In 2000, the judge ordered that the house arrest be changed to state confinement, and that Díaz be tried on the charges. When Díaz heard this, he ran away and went to live with a paramilitary group.
He was tried in abstentia and convicted of having caused the woman's death, though there was also considerable evidence that she had suffered from a drug overdose. In August of 2002, after evading arrest for a year and a half, Díaz turned himself into authorities in Valledupar.
Rather than getting a stiffer penalty, his sentence was reduced and he was back on the streets in time to produce a new album.
I had enjoyed his music before all of the scandal, but I have had a hard time enjoying his success since becoming aware of the events that surrounded the scandal. I wish I were better able to separate the two. Either way, you may enjoy hearing some of his work. Here is a song from this year's the Latin Grammy winning album "Listo Pa' La Foto". It is called "Me Busco Otra".
Here is another called "El Bachiller"
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
With that homework done, you can now go on to enjoy the new Miss Colombia.
"Catalina Robayo Vargas, caleña de 21 años, es la nueva Señorita Colombia. Ella es estudiande de octavo semestre de derecho en la Universidad Javeriana de la capital del Valle. Sus medidas son 85- 61 - 92."
For those that can't read Spanish, let me just say that while there is a nod to US type scholarship idea -- "She is in her 8th semester as a law student at the Javierana University located in the capital of Valle." There is also the -- what would here be considered politically incorrect -- mention of her measurements "85-61-92". Surprising, since most queens are closer to the perfect 90-60-90 ;).
See her picture here:
Or a video of her crowning here:
Monday, November 15, 2010
You can see their Grammy performance of "De Dónde Vengo Yo" (Where I Come From) here:
Here's the original video with great pictures of Choco and Quibdó:
Here is a link to an article about their performance. It points out the importance of this Grammy for Afrolatinos.
Friday, November 12, 2010
In the last 10 years, children placed for adoption from Boyacá has increased by 60%. In 2000, only 53 children from the department were placed for adoption. In 2009, there were 85, the majority of whom were placed with adoptive parents in or from Colombia.
Medina also mentioned, "Right now, we have 25 children who already have an adoptive family assigned, but they are awaiting for the official placement or the official acceptance of the potential adoptive parents." Additionally, Ms. Medina stated that at the moment there are 25 more healthy children that will be entering the Adoption phase of the process shortly.
In Boyacá, the statistics show that more adoptive families request girls, as well as children younger than age 7. In addition, the predominant age range of adoptive parents is 43-51 years of age.
From 1960-2000, 80% of adoptive parents were from foreign countries. In 2005, the law changed and now Colombian families receive priority. Now, it is more like 70% are Colombian and 30% foreign.
Most adoptive children in Boyacá come from the cities of Tunja, Sogamoso, Duitama and Chiquinquirá, with foreign adoptive families most frequently coming from Spain, Italy, France, the United States, Norway and Germany.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The ICBF official I spoke with explained that a social worker is then assigned to the case. There is always a home visit, when the child's parents are known. If the parents need help to improve their parenting, then they are invited to participate in classes. If the parents successfully complete the classes and make the necessary changes in their lives that can ensure that the child's rights are guaranteed, then the Defensor can move to have the child reunited with the family. In this case, there is a follow-up period of 4 months.
If it is determined that neither biological parent would be able to guarantee the child's rights, then ICBF will attempt to find a member of the extended family or sometimes a family friend that can guarantee those rights.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Once the child has been deemed healthy enough to leave the hospital, temporary placement for the child will be determined. The following guidelines are typically used. For children under 7 years of age the placement should be in a foster home. For children over 7, when no foster home is available, placement is in an orphanage.
It is important to note that there are many more orphanages than there are CASAS PRIVADAS DE ADOPCION. Nearly every larger city has orphanages, some run by religious orders, others are secular in nature. In smaller cities or towns, even older children are often placed in foster homes because there are no orphanages.
When considering placement, there is an effort to keep sibling groups together, though it is not always possible. Sometimes, boys are sent to one institution while girls are sent to another, or older siblings are sent to an institution while younger siblings are sent to a foster home.
Additionally, sometimes even younger children, particularly in the largest cities, are sent to orphanages because of a lack of space in foster homes. ICBF will also send children to the CASAS PRIVADAS, in these cases ICBF pays the CASAS or other orphanages for the child's care each month.
When a child is released into protective care, the recommendations made the professionals in the initial evaluations are provided to the Foster Mother (madre sustituta) or the Institution (orphanage) that will assume the care of the child.
One foster mother that I interviewed explained that they are given strict instructions which they are to follow in order to help the child/ren regain their health. In her case, she had one set of siblings that arrived very malnourished, with distended bellies and in very poor hygiene. She was told exactly what to feed them each day, including amounts, so that the children could begin to recover. She was told that if she gave the children too much food, they would get sick. She was also given medicine for them and told when and how to administer each dose. She was also given a date and time for a follow-up appointment. During the time she fostered the children, she was told to record every appointment that the children had and keep a record of the children's progress.
Monday, November 08, 2010
No matter how the child arrives in the system, he/she will always go through the following steps. The first step is for the child to receive an evaluation by 3 professionals:
3. Nutricionista -- A nutritional evaluation which will establish the child's growth rate and unfortunately, in many cases decide if the child is malnourished.
Following the evaluation, each professional will prepare a report and make recommendations for the child. These reports are used as the basis for legal proceedings. See step #3 on Wednesday.
The evaluations are typically performed in a hospital setting. The child may stay in the hospital a few hours, over night, over the weekend, or many days depending on their health status, time of day they arrive, and availability of foster/institutional placement. See more tomorrow on placement, Step #2.
Friday, November 05, 2010
Before we ever knew who our child would be, I read tons of books about adoption and the lifelong process of family building. I joined a Yahoo Group for Colombian Adoptees Searching for their roots. I was interested in finding out what older adoptees felt about their adoption. What questions plagued them? What did they wish they knew about their birth? I wanted to be better prepared to deal with feelings and issues my own child would have. I think the research I did spurred on my interest in getting my sons birth information -- which if you missed the post about my quest, you can find it here:
I know that not every child will need or want to search, but for those that do, the need to know is real and really important. Any parent wondering about what that experience might be like should see this film. It can be purchased online. Here:
For a taste of what you'll see, view the trailer below.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Édgar Enrique Rentería Herazo was born on August 7, 1975, in Barranquilla, Colombia. In Colombia he is known as El NI~NO.
He started his professional US career with the Florida Marlins in 1996 and in 1997 was instrumental in the Marlins 1997 World Series victory.
Since 2003, Edgar and his brother Edinson are co owners of the La Liga Colombiana de Béisbol Profesional (LCBP), or Colombian Professional Baseball League. In fatc, the league's website is called www.TEAMRENTERIA.COM, and it is Colombia's only professional baseball league.
There are 6 teams in the league: the Caimanes in Barranquilla, Tigres in Cartagena, Leones in Montería, Águilas in Bogotá, Potros in Medellín and Toros in Cali. I
In 2009, they signed an agreement with the Golden Baseball League's Yuma Scorpions for two years to provide development for the Colombia League. The League is hoping
to qualify to play in the Carribean series in 2012.
Now, whether or not you are San Francisco fans, you now have at least one reason to cheer for the MVP of the 2010 season. Felicitaciones Edgar!!!
Learn more here:
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
From their website:
Places we often pass or visit include the Plaza del Chorro, the Botero Museum and the National Museum; Plaza Bolívar, Plaza San Victorino, Parque del Renacimiento with its Botero Sculpture, Bogotá’s Central Cemetery, the fruit markets of Palo Quemao and the Egipto neighborhood; the Londonesque La Merced neighborhood; Third Milenium Park and its Disarmament Sculpture; the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Center, the National University with its Che Guevara Plaza; Independence, National and Símon Bolívar parks; the Bullfighting Stadium, the Train of the Savannah, the Plaza de Lourdes and many others. On our tours, we also talk about human rights and Colombia’s troubled and often violent history and present.
GOT KIDS?!?! That's fine. You'll need to call in advance, but they have kids bikes and seats that sit on the back of a bike for you to use.
Learn more about the tours from their website:
Monday, November 01, 2010
This past weekend, this blog celebrated its second birthday. It's hard for me to believe. In honor of this birthday, I would ask my readers to visit the webpage and find a topic -- from the list of topics on the right -- and read all the blog posts for a topic that interests you. Please leave a comment below. As I ponder the continuation of this blog, I have wondered about its helpfulness. I would love to hear from my readers. Thanks -- COLOMBIAN MOMMY :)