I have the most exciting news!!! Kay Bratt, the author of Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage, will be dropping by my blog for a book chat. We'll talk about her, her book and whatever else comes to mind.
For those of you not familiar with Kay Bratt or her book, this will be a great opportunity to get to know her. Kay lived in China for 4 years when her husband's job transferred them there. She spent her time first working in a local orphanage and then spear heading the volunteer program there. Her book is a glimpse into the day to day workings of the orphanage and the changes that were implemented while she was there. While this book is not representative of every orphanage in China, I'm sure it represents a large number of them, particularly the non-International Adoption orphanages.
I would also venture to say that you could apply the same standards to many Vietnamese orphanages. The baby adopted by my friend Brooke, from my Vietnam Adoption series, was very healthy and in great developmental state at her adoption. It was made very clear by the nannies that Brooke's baby was considered very pretty and was a favorite of her nanny. My baby, adopted from the same orphanage, was not as fortunate. At 3 1/2 months she was very malnourished and couldn't even hold up her head.
Although the topic of the book is not something that most parents would not like to think about with their adopted children, I am the first to admit that I breaks my heart to think my adopted children might have been mistreated before the joined our family.However, I think that it something we MUST be aware of. My newly adopted 2 year old exhibits behaviors that I view in a different light since reading Silent Tears. I think it has helped our attachment process since I have come to realize that Ryan might not have been treated well.
I also think this book is not just limited to the circle of adoptive families. It's always good to be aware of the condition and plight of children whether they be in Africa, China, Vietnam or our own backyard.
Our chat, will post next Thursday, September 25 around noon CDT. If there are any questions that you would like for me to ask Kay on your behalf then please ask them in the comment section. While I probably won't be able to ask all of the questions, I will try to ask as many as I can. Our actual interview will occur early next week. I will need your questions by 5:00 pm CDT on Monday so that I have time to prepare them for the interview.
I am excited to get to know Kay and I'm sure many of you are too! Be sure to check back next Thursday for our chat!
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