Congressman Lipinski Honors Ann and David Roth as Angels in Adoption
October 15, 2010
By Dana Jaramillo
Congressman Dan Lipinski has selected La Grange Park residents, Ann and David Roth as 2010 Angels in Adoption™ for their outstanding advocacy of adoption issues. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in Adoption program, recently honored Ann and David, along with more than 190 Angels, at an awards ceremony and gala event in Washington, DC, on October 6th.
"Ann and David Roth have shown true commitment and enduring dedication in their efforts to adopt children from Guatemala," Congressman Lipinski said. "They have made a loving home for their adopted child, and continue to tirelessly pursue the adoption of another child. The Roths are exemplary advocates for children and are well-deserving of the praise and commendation associated with the Angel in Adoption honor."
Ann Roth has participated in a leadership role with hundreds of waiting adoptive U.S. families in forming "Guatemala 900? (www.guatemala900.org), an ongoing political campaign that began with a march and candlelight vigil in Washington, D.C. on June 17, 2009. This was the first in a series of actions to call attention to the plight of the hundreds of waiting children and their U.S. adoptive families.
The Roths began their adoption advocacy work with "Guatamala 900" after the adoption of their own son and daughter became entangled in a Guatemala adoption law change at the beginning of 2008. However, over 2 and half years after the law change, there are still over 400 hundred children who remain in adoption-limbo in Guatemala, many of whom are living in institutions. These children are having their 3rd, 4th and 5th birthdays without their permanent family. Both the Guatemalan and U.S. governments have voiced their commitment to ensuring that the pre-Hague transition adoption cases will continue to process.
The Roth's 4 year long adoption journey began in November 2006 when they received the referral of a baby girl and baby boy. Since then, they have endured much heartache. On August 11, 2007 a government raid was conducted on the "baby home" in Guatemala. After the raid the children were moved to an "undisclosed location" by the Guatemalan government while the Roths (and many other families) frantically tried to get help. They worked day and night trying to get someone to listen to them, trying the U.S. government, the Guatemalan government and humanitarian organizations. The whereabouts, health and well-being of the children were unknown for over 100 days. "The hardest thing was the inability to protect our children. Were they being fed? Was someone hugging them? Were they together?" worried Ann and David.
Over the past 3 years the Guatemalan courts determined that the raid was illegal and that the children's adoptions were to proceed. Ann lived in Guatemala for 3 months working to complete her daughter's adoption and spent almost every day at the orphanage with her children. Finally a miracle occurred and in September 2008 the Roths brought home their daughter. She was almost 2 years old when she came home.
Ann said, "Aside from the day of the raid, the hardest day was taking our daughter out of the orphanage and seeing our son in his cute little overall shorts waving and saying "bye, bye mommy." Unfortunately the Roths son's adoption continues to have delays. He will be 4 years old in November and is still waiting to come home to his forever family.
The Roths are desperate to bring him home and to end the emotional and financial nightmare. Friends and family have started a fund raising campaign to help alleviate some of the financial strain they have faced. Please visit their website at www.comehometous.com to read more about their story.
The first fund raising event will be a Garage Sale, to be held at 714 N. Spring Ave. in La Grange Park on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 8a-3p. We will be selling household items, furniture, exercise equipment, baby gear, kid toys and clothes.
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