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Senate Proceeding on Nov 15th, 2007 :: 8:09:15 to 8:16:07
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Ted Stevens

8:04:24 to 8:09:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ted Stevens

Ted Stevens

8:09:01 to 8:09:15( Edit History Discussion )

Ted Stevens: join in extending to the president pro tempore our sincere congratulations for his bairj birthday. i yield the floor. ms. landrieu: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from louisiana. ms. landrieu:

Mary Landrieu

8:09:15 to 8:09:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: thank you, mr. president. i appreciate the opportunity to be recognize ed to speak for a moment with my colleague, senator coleman, on national adoption day, which is this saturday. but before i do,

Mary Landrieu

8:09:15 to 8:16:07( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

8:09:29 to 8:09:47( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: let me just thank the senator from alaska, the senior senator, for his beautiful remarks relative to our other colleague from west virginia, a man who we've all come to know and love and respect

Mary Landrieu

8:09:47 to 8:10:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: for his years of service and his quality of service to this body and to our country. and we will, many of us, have other words to say on behalf of senator byrd and his birthday. coming soon. but

Mary Landrieu

8:10:02 to 8:10:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: at this time i wanted to come to the floor to speak with my colleague from minnesota to talk about a very important issue that we try to remember and we try to reflect on through the whole month of

Mary Landrieu

8:10:18 to 8:10:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: november, and particularly on november 17, which is national adoption day. and to remind ourselves of the importance of family, about the importance of rules and laws that we try to pass here in congress

Mary Landrieu

8:10:34 to 8:10:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and that are passed at the legislative level and at the local level to encourage families to be strengthened and expanded through the miracle of adoption. many members of congress, including myself,

Mary Landrieu

8:10:48 to 8:11:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: are adoptive parents. we've personally experience ed the joy of building our families through adoption, and we are proud promoters of this practice that is not uniquely american but it is really

Mary Landrieu

8:11:01 to 8:11:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: embrace ed by americans in a way that it is not embrace ed in most countries in the world, and we're proud of that. in america we like to believe that it's not the color of the skin that makes a family

Mary Landrieu

8:11:11 to 8:11:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: or even being from the same part of the world, bit u.a.e. just a bond, a love -- but it's just a bond, a love that can be scared shared between a people and families and children, even if those

Mary Landrieu

8:11:25 to 8:11:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: children are of a different race, a different background. it's a very unique part of america that's quite open and quite extraordinary. and in america we adopt many children, thousands of children. last

Mary Landrieu

8:11:37 to 8:11:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: year the numbers have increased haveincreased each year over the decade, in good measure because of work that's been done right here in the united states, right here in congress. and let me back up

Mary Landrieu

8:11:51 to 8:12:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: a minute to say, obviously, our hope, our wish ultimately is that all children could stay with their birth families. i mean, in an ideal world, mr. president, you would want all children born in

Mary Landrieu

8:12:05 to 8:12:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the world in every country, hery day every day and every year to be born in a families that want them, that can care for them, nurture them, families that will stay whole and permanent. but we know in

Mary Landrieu

8:12:23 to 8:12:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the reality of the world in which we live, that is not possible. war, famine, disease, addiction, violence, gross neglect separate families, separate children from their birth parents every day.

Mary Landrieu

8:12:38 to 8:12:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and i think it's our -- one of our primary responsibilities as governments, as responsible functioning governments, particularly democracies, to do what we can to connect those children who are separated from

Mary Landrieu

8:12:51 to 8:13:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: that so special bond with a birnts birth parent, to reconnect that child as quickly as possible to another nurturing, loving adult to be raised. it would seem the most natural thing in the world

Mary Landrieu

8:13:05 to 8:13:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to understand that a child without a parent is very vulnerable, is very vul vulnerable. even children with parents, even children with parents who are educated and able to navigate through life

Mary Landrieu

8:13:19 to 8:13:30( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: still have great challenges. so you can imagine the vulnerability of a child with no parent to protect them. alone to raise themselves. and children don't do that very well. and governments don't raise

Mary Landrieu

8:13:30 to 8:13:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: children. human beings, parents dovment and so we need to do our best. we're working at it, mr. president. we have a long way to go. and so that's why every november our presidents -- president

Mary Landrieu

8:13:44 to 8:14:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: clinton and before him president bush and our current president -- takes a minute and will tomorrow at the white house acknowledge that november in america is national adoption month. so we can focus

Mary Landrieu

8:14:03 to 8:14:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: our country and our efforts to congratulate ourselves on our progress, but really know still the gap that is there. we have 500 550,000 children that have to be removed from their parental, their birth

Mary Landrieu

8:14:17 to 8:14:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: families and place ed in the care of the community, in foster care, if you will. over 150,000 of these children today, as i speak, have had their parental rights terminated and are waiting to be placed

Mary Landrieu

8:14:32 to 8:14:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: in a permanent family through adoption or kinship adoption or regular adoption or long-term guardianship. so i come to the floor today to recognize some of these children that are waiting today to say

Mary Landrieu

8:14:46 to 8:14:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: that while we're making progress progress, we have some beautiful children who are still waiting to be adopted, and the mis misconceptions about some of the children that are in our publi welfare or foster

Mary Landrieu

8:14:58 to 8:15:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: care system, as it's called, many people -- and the study just conducted by the dave thomas foundation f indicate ed that the majority of americans mistakenly believe that many of the children in foster

Mary Landrieu

8:15:10 to 8:15:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: care are -- quote -- " "juvenile delinquents." they say an unbelievable numbeabr of americans cork to the study have thought about adopting from foster care but because of their misperceptions perceptions

Mary Landrieu

8:15:25 to 8:15:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: that there's something wrong with the chin, that they're damaged goods, they back up or that he back away.~ mr. president, the facts will show that it's not the children who are delinquent in foster

Mary Landrieu

8:15:37 to 8:15:52( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: care. it was the problem really at the parental end, that the parents somehow failed to either step up or to be able to step up. these children are not damaged goods. they are doing beautifully in school.

Mary Landrieu

8:15:52 to 8:16:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: many of them grow up to be quite successful. but they need, just like all children need, parents and protection. this is a young woman, natalia, who is ten years old, i believe, and she has been

8:16:07 to 8:16:20( Edit History Discussion )

in foster care for some time now. and as one of the children that is waiting to be adopted. this is another sibling group, sometimes children are individual and sometimes children, of course, come

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