The CCAA processed two days of international adoption referrals in April.
I don't particularly remember what had pissed me off that day back in 1985, but I do remember stalking around Venado drop zone like a cat with my tail caught in a door. I was pissed, and I didn't care who knew it.
That's how I feel right now.
I know, I know...it's their country, we're being granted a favor, the Chinese can do what they want and we should just be grateful. Yadda yadda...
Well, fuck that.
If China wants to close its IA program, close it. Tell us we've pissed our money down a rathole and that's life, too bad, just embrace the suck and go. But if they're going to dangle thousands of hopeful parents on a thread (and don't mention the words "red thread" around the Fire Direction Center these days unless you want to see what a Battalion Three looks like coming out of the top of a man's skull..!) they owe - yes, owe, dammit - at least the expectation of consistency.
And if they can't provide consistency, at least an explanation.
Because if two days of referrals a month is the new black, that's a deal breaker. Two days a month means we get to meet our daughter the same month we qualify for MediCare. Unh-unh. Ain't gonna happen.
And as far as I can see, the adoption agencies have nothng to lose at this point, because at two-days-per-month pretty soon they won't have any clients left for their Chinese IA programs. So they might as well screw their courage to the sticking place and confront the CCAA: what was the deal with April, comrades? Too many round-eyes? Too few "paper-ready" children? Too many potstickers for lunch making those afternoons sleepy and slow? Sunspots? The Fourth Dimension? Wassup, revolutionary brutha???
The state owns the highway, and can set any speed limit they like. But if they want to keep the Mandate of Heaven they need to make sure the people who drive it know whether that "15 mph" sign is the new regular speed limit, a mistake, or just for the construction zone up ahead. Because there's other roads, and if they don't want us to get where we're going in a human time scale, we'll get off this damn goatscrew and try another route.
Okay. That's my April adoption rant.
Next post - I rant about these jackasses.