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Senator Mary L. Landrieu and Laura Ingraham Unite in Bi-Partisan Adoption Coalition

by: Judy Jost

September 10th, 2013

Under the motto ‘Together We’ll Get There,” LeftRightLeftRightForwardMarch! brings together people of disparate political perspectives to work on projects that we all can agree on. The initiative demonstrates how private citizens can work together despite political differences to serve others while reducing the divisiveness that has artificially been injected into our culture.

The Both Ends Burning Campaign, promoting international adoption, is the type of project that can unify Americans despite their political and philosophical differences.  We can all agree that children need families to grow up and become healthy, productive citizens of the world.  And yet, while Americans are adopting more and more children domestically every year, the number of international adoptions by American families has plummeted, down by over 60% in the last eight years.  (Possibly enter paragraph break here if looks too long?) This decline has nothing to do with the willingness of Americans to adopt children, but rather springs from a lack of leadership in our own government and from inefficiency and even hostility of other some foreign governments and opposition from key international organizations.  The American government can and should play an essential, positive role in changing this state of affairs.

BEB Campaign is raising awareness of this pressing problem through its acclaimed documentary STUCK, revealing the plight of foreign orphans stuck in terrible conditions. The campaign also works to improve policy and remove unnecessary barriers to the adoption process by aggressively urging our elected leaders to act. On May 17, 2013, Both Ends Burning held a successful Step Forward for Orphans March in Washington, D.C., with the assistance of LeftRightLeftRightForwardMarch!

Hugely popular talk radio host Laura Ingraham has long been an advocate of adoption, herself the mother of three children adopted from foreign countries. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, rated one of the Senate’s most effective legislators, has devoted herself to child welfare, believing that political talk of family values needs to be backed by action actually will “provide for the protection and support of children and their families.”

Ingraham and Landrieu are joining together now in support of LRLRFM and the notion that we can all come together to work toward change for children living without families, all over the world.  With the voices of these two powerful advocates and the extraordinary efforts of Both Ends Burning, we will be able to accomplish even greater things.

Both Ends Burning is the type of project all Americans, Democratic, Republican, or Independent, can support. If we can find more ways to seek common ground, while still having our differences, we can strengthen our democracy, project by project, friendship by friendship, and community by community.

So, if you’d like to help alleviate the plight of children trapped in foreign orphanages, grab a friend with whom you disagree and discuss ways you can help promote international adoption and make it easier for orphans in need to join nurturing families in America that are waiting with open arms.

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Craig and Kathi Juntunen, parents of three adopted kids from Haiti, became fascinated by international adoptions a few years ago.  They noticed that the numbers of foreign adoptions were declining—60% since 2004–and Craig supposed the problem was weak demand. But he discovered that demand is in fact high, but it’s constrained by inefficiency and even active opposition.

Wanting to connect orphaned and abandoned children to the open arms of American parents, Craig launched the Both Ends Burning Campaign to navigate the red tape and to promote pro-adoption policies. There’s no reason why it should take 3-5 years, as it currently does, for a needy child to get a home, especially when there are parents ready and willing to adopt. When you consider that these kids are often living in terrible institutions and extreme poverty, Craig says, “we believe that this is in direct violation of human rights and one of the greatest social injustices of the decade.”

Landrieu, Mary-040309-18442- 0003Senator Mary L. Landrieu

Mary L. Landrieu is the senior United States Senator from the State of Louisiana and a member of the Democratic Party. She has served since she was first elected to the Louisiana state legislature at the age of 23. After serving eight years as a state representative and two terms as State Treasurer, in 1996 she became the first woman from Louisiana elected to a full term in the U.S. Senate.

Senator Landrieu is the Co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and  Congressional Foster Care Caucus, Chair of  both the Senate Small Business Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. She is also a member of the committees on Energy and Natural Resources, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

As one of the chairs on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Landrieu is a strong and effective voice for Louisiana. The Appropriations Committee is considered the most powerful panel on Capitol Hill. The nonpartisan Congress.org has ranked Senator Landrieu as the tenth most effective legislator in the Senate.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Senator Landrieu is married to Frank Snellings of Monroe, La., and has two children.

laura_ingraham_head_shotLaura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham is an American radio talk show host, best-selling author, and conservative political commentator. She is the most listened-to woman in political talk radio in the United States. The Laura Ingraham Show is heard on hundreds of stations nationwide and has been addicting legions of listeners since its launch in 2001.

Always smart and entertaining, Laura is a regular Fox News contributor and the principal substitute host on The O’Reilly Factor. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of five books: The Hillary Trap, Shut Up & Sing, Power to the People, The Obama Diaries, and new smash hit Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots.

Laura is a graduate of Dartmouth College and of the University of Virginia School of Law. After receiving her Juris Doctor degree in 1991 she served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She also worked as an attorney for a prestigious New York Law firm before launching The Laura Ingraham Show in 2001. Laura is an avid supporter of our troops and a variety of military organizations. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her three children.

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