**Update: Thank you to all of you who have commented on this post, sharing your prayers and own experiences with this sort of thing. It's so sad that so many adoptive families can relate to the things that are going on with past and presant LVI families. Please continue to pray for widsom for all involved as things continue to unfoled over the next several weeks/months.**
Please pray for all families associated with Life's Vision International--either formally or currently. Another rash of injustices have been passed down to some families. Those that are just starting the process, or are somewhere in the middle of the process, are probably very scared as they try to weigh their options. Do you stay with an agency that has proven not to be ethical and try to "stick it out" to get your kid home (referred or not) or do you potentially lose thousands of dollars and months of time in the adoption process by leaving said agency and going elsewhere to adopt your child?
Everybody mixed up with LVI has such difficult responsibilities. Those of us who were the "first" families and have endured the most wrongs have to figure out how to advocate for our children while battling with someone who wishes to hold them hostage and in her control (I don't use the term hostage lightly).
Families with referrals but no complete adoption, or adoptions that are stalled, have to decide whether to go it on their own and possibly lose their referral, or stay with an agency they have no faith in, and possibly lose their referral.
Families just starting out, who might be collecting the dossier or just waiting for referral have already lost lots of money, having a sunnier outlook that families further through the process, and have to decide whether these vocal and unhappy families are telling truth or lies, and if they think their experience could mirror ours as time goes on.
Of course I know that there are some happy families sprinkled among the carnage. But they are too few and too far between.
Tonight I just hurt. Tonight, what should have been a JOYOUS day for two of my friends was turned into sorrow, frustration, and fear because of more control tactics by LVI. I am sad for my friends. I am ANGRY for them, for my own family, and for all of the families who might be hurt like this in the future.
Please pray for LVI families--all of them.