March 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
In 2008, legally married Belgians, Peter Meurrens and Laurent Ghilain enlisted the help of a Ukrainian surrogate to have their baby boy. Samuel Ghilain was born in November of 2008 and have been detained in Ukraine for 2 years. Instead of coming home to loving fathers, Samuel spent his first year with a foster family and then his second in an orphanage after his fathers tried to smuggle him out of the country. Facing bureaucratic hurdles, the couple were not able to obtain a passport for Samuel until last week when the Belgian Foreign Ministry had to follow a court’s order to grant the passport. Samuel is now currently living this his two fathers in quiet town in southern France.
The question that comes to mind is how can a child be placed in foster care and then an orphanage when he clearly has two parents who wanted to care for him. The couple commented on homophobia on the part of Belgian and Ukrainian authorities. The story has caused me to wonder, how can one imagine that anyone would think that a child is better off in an orphanage than with parents who love him? It shows how much more work is needed internationally and in America to resolve legal problems and develop policies and understanding that support LGBTQ families.
After everything’s been said and done, there’s only one things left to say:
Welcome home, Samuel.