That is the only word I can think of to describe my trip to DC. For one, I had never been there and I was just in awe of all the sights. I am sooo going back when I can really take in all the city has to offer.
I met some great families while there. I really needed to spend time with the people who are going through what we are. It was major therapy for me. Our banner lead the way to the Capitol building. We had probably around 30 families there. I have added what was posted on the Guatemala 900 site about our trip. It pretty much sums up what I was going to post. I do want to give a HUGE thanks to the families that put this whole shin dig together. They did a FABULOUS job!!!
The Guatemala 900 Congressional Briefing was a HUGE SUCCESS yesterday. Our meeting was held in one of the Senate Rooms in the Capitol Building and was packed with Guatemala 900 families, staff members of over 30 Congressional offices, the US Department of State, USCIS, Unicef, Joint Council for International Children Services, The Congressional Coalition on Adoption, The Guatemalan Embassy in Washington DC, Focus on Adoption, and the National Council for Adoption among others.
Our presentation was broken into three main sections :
1) The Guatemala 900 gave a presentation on the history and current state of the Guatemala 900 cases, which included possible reasons for the lack of results that we are seeing.
2) The Guatemala 900 families told their heart wrenching stories and pleaded Congress and the US Department of State for help. The tears they shed brought tears to EVERYONE’s eyes in the room, it was quite evident that their journey to DC was going to inspire a new look at our terrible situation. Their poise and grace was astounding and inspiring. Thank You Guatemala 900 families!!!
3) A productive Question and Answer session followed where information and ideas were exchanged between all of the entities involved.
The Guatemala 900 feels confident that yesterday’s briefing will inspire the US government to explore new ways in which our adoption cases will soon receive “DUE PROCESS, DUE NOW!”