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I read Brazzil's article about the street kids. If they have parents who have allowed them to go onto the streets why can't the parents be contacted to give permission for their kids to be adopted?

While I can have my own children, I would much prefer to take a steet kid and give that child a decent  and comfortable life. As I feel, that the children who are  offered up for adoption, through the courts already have a better chance how would it be possible to adopt a street child? Why are these kids not given the same opportunities to be on some kind of adoption register?
Any advice any of you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

(Edited by Guest at 11:11 am on Dec. 31, 2002)

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I'd thought about adopting a street child also but am american.  I heard that foreign adoptions are now illegal in Brazil.  Is this true?  Also, my friend is brazilian and gay.  His lover is an american male.  He would also like to adopt from his home country of which he is still a citizen.  Is this possible?

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Unfortunately these kids do not have papers, identification or anything. They do not want to be known by the authorities, who for the most part treat them like dirt and many cases brutalize thes children. The ones who have run away ro been thrown out of their homes (mostly lean to's) do not want their parents found either as most of them have been brutalised at home. Yet they are some of the nicest, kindest and sweetest humans you will ever meet. I had one young boy ask me to take him home as my son, when I asked when his birthday was he clammed right up and waved his finger at me saying 'Nao,Nao,Nao'. He thought I was going to get information and turn him over to the authorities. It is sad but a reality.

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Yes, international adoption in Brazil is imposible to acomplish, I try and just wasted my time and end up with nothing but stress, and a broken heart, is totally crazy and insane but there is nothing you can do. Sorry

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I watched a program years ago about people who wanted to do exactly that. Le Cirque du Soleil went to Brazil to work with street kids and offer them the opportunity of a better life as part of the cirque du Soleil Family. Many cirque du soleil staff and councillors not only offered them a home, shelter, family and a career but they were also there to deal with the problems derived from a past of drugs, abuse and violence. As Guest pointed out, many of these kids were not registered, had no birth certificates, had never been to a hospital nor had any kind of traceable record of their existence. Many had left their homes and families many years ago and were responsible for their own upbringing and safety in a place as dangerous as Rio. Obviously many of them were hooked on drugs, used to a life of crime and were very defensive about any adult trying to win their trust.

The experiment worked but only partly, many kids fled or abandoned the cirque du soleil even though almost all of them were brilliant performers. The youngest were more likely to adapt to a new life and get through their personal problems with a lot of counselling, but many of the kids had to go back to the streets, go back to the vices, the drugs, the life of crimes, the freedom, their street friends which were the only family they knew and the street itself which was the only they knew. Some with the help of social workers made various attempts to change, to leave the streets but still went back even after months and months in their new life. It is a harsh world out there for these kids, and they have been through more than most adults would not even have nightmares about and this is why I believe that if you are going to adopt any of these kids you need to be prepared for it, find organisations that deal with that sort of thing because you are more likely to bite more than you can chew unfortunately.


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Very true d2e. I am hoping to go back and get the boy off the streets. I spent 10 months while away searching for him and finally found him again about 2 months ago with the help of an orphanaqe. He spent a short time at the orphanage but keeps in contact with them waiting for my return. The orphanage staff told he was is a terrific kid. So that coupled with the fact he went with them in the first place and that he is waiting for my return suggests the boy has some trust and hope still left in his soul. By the grace of God I will do what I have to to give him a future and other kids like him.

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If have the resources, love and patience to go through it , I really think that you are doing a great job!


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