Like much of the family preservation and adoption reform community, I am pained by the transfer of Veronica Brown to the adoptive parents. Â I am in tune enough with my own feelings to realize that some part of my agony over this little girl is the triggering effect. The transfer of her to the adoptive parents caused me to feel my own pain, my own trauma, the loss of my daughter again.
I feel for Dusten Brown in ways I cannot even articulate. Â I feel for Veronica even more. Â When I am not emotional, or trying to avoid the pain I feel, I am analytical and yet I still experience overwhelming emotion. Â As a mother raising two boys, I fear for my sons. I fear for natural mothers and fathers of the future. Â I fear what this portends for our country.
I have much to say yet I am pained. Â I leave you to think about this. Â Really think about it. Â If you are aware of what has happened with Veronica Brown, think about what it suggests for the future. Just think.
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
-Â Martin NiemÃ¶ller