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Thoughts Following the JCICS Annual Meeting

Last week, I attended the annual Joint Council on International Children’s Services annual meeting in New York City, both to hear the conference presentations as well as to present a workshop on the benefits of foster care to orphaned children.  Some of the most well known people in orphan care were in attendance, along with government officials and many wonderful adoption agencies.

One of the keynote speakers was Jean-Robert Cadet who grew up as a child slave in Haiti and has talked before the UN and Congress about his experiences.  His presentation was very emotional and powerful.  He openly shared the realities of what he experienced as a child, including growing up without a family and how that deeply impacted him into adulthood. 
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