The Tsunami in South Asia turned thousands of children into orphans. Now thousands of Americans are thinking about adoption, both abroad and at home.
Mary Catherine and Luke Sabrella aren't old enough to understand what happened in Thailand on December 26th. But their parents, Barry and Maria, are especially saddened their children's birth-country was so devastated by a Tsunami. "You feel like a part of the culture because of the children," Barry Sabrella says.
Giving Mary Catherine and Luke more Thai brothers and sisters has always been part of the Sabrella's plan. But now thousands of other Americans are looking to adopt baby's who've lost their families in the disaster.
Adoption agencies say they appreciate the interest but will exhaust all other placement options before removing children from their homelands so the increased number of orphans doesn't necessarily mean more babies are "available."
Laurie Petri of Hamilton County Job and Family Services explains why adopting a baby both abroad and at home isn't so easy. Petri says, "We're not trying to find children for homes, we're trying to find homes for children."
Petri says her job finding homes for older children right here in the Tri-State who've been neglected or abused can be more difficult but just as rewarding. "Many many children have brought joy to their families hearts."
Whether it's from abroad or at home an infant or a teenager Petri and the Sabrellas say adoption is a blessing. "Don't let the process scare you everyone can do it," said Maria Sabrella.