ADVOCATING ON A FAMILY'S BEHALF

Although I am single and have no children of my own, I have always loved children and wanted to do something to help them if I could. At one point I found great satisfaction in sponsoring a child through one of the many organizations that provide assistance to families in need. But I also learned an interesting lesson about being an advocate for young people and their families.

After sponsoring a particular child for some time, and getting to know and love his family, I was suddenly informed by the organization that "my" child had been changed to a different one. There was no explanation for this switch, and at first the bureaucratic machinery seemed impenetrable.

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