The Adeje council via the department of wellbeing and care for diversity, young people and the family, has just completed a series of sessions with the parents of users of the Los Olivos Care centre for people with special needs. These were held throughout the month of March and helped a new ‘conversation’ to allow parents express their opinions and ideas about the services on offer.
“These kinds of meetings help strengthen the bonds between the families using the centre and for whom the council are happy to work in the search for solutions to particular problems they may have”, said the councillor responsible for the centre, Isabel Fernández González.
Themes such as communication, appropriate use of social networks, care and diversity within the family were dealt with and there was a psychomotor session where parents were asked to relate to their own childhoods.
The sessions were held in the Los Olivos centre and all those who took part found the exercises very useful and positive for them and their families.
Jonay and Rebecca live in Callao Salvaje, and to many seem to be a perfectly happy married couple. Happily married they are, but there is one thing missing – their son.
This couple have suffered many disappointments and set backs in their struggle to have children so after years of set backs decided to adopt, and decided to opt for an international adoption.
The process is a long and frustratingly slow one, with six months needed just to get the initial approval from the regional government. They were questioned and assessed as a couple, outsiders decided whether they would be fit parents or not, their home was visited, checks carried out, but they put up with all the probes and questions knowing that it was for a good reason. And finally, last May, after two years of officialdom and waiting, they were told that a boy residing in an orphanage outside Siberia could be their future son.
Travelling from Tenerife to Madrid, Madrid to Moscow and then flying up to Siberia took its toll, but at the end of the journey was the promise a week in the company of a young boy, two and a half years old, who took to them almost immediately and they to him. The week flew by and leaving with very difficult indeed – Rebecca said she cried at each leg of the journey that took her farther and farther away from the young boy. But they were consoled by the fact that hopefully now it was just a matter of time before they could return to Russia to bring their boy home.
They returned, with difficulty, to their daily lives waiting for the call that would give them a date for the final court appearance in Russia. It was approaching, and Jonay was buying their tickets to fly over at the end of September when the bombshell dropped. The agency told them to hold on bookings as there was a problem, a big problem. Spain, it would appear, failed to renew the adoption agreement with Russia at the end of August and all adoption processes between the two countries have been stopped. They were going nowhere for now.
Devastation, heartbreak, despair. But this couple don’t take problems lying down, and within days the pair had gone online and discovered there were about 500 couples throughout Spain in a similar situation. They joined the campaign and began a whirlwind round of interviews with local media as well as urging people to sign an on-line petition http://www.change.org/es/peticiones/urge-la-firma-del-convenio-de-adopcion-entre-españa-y-rusia, as they hope that will bring extra pressure to bear when the two countries sit down to renegotiate the treaty on October 4th.
They and the other couples don’t want special treatment, they just want to bring their children home. If you see the petition online, please do sign it and join the voices asking for help to make this happen.