Questions about Elian Gonzales and his custody problems and how they relate to the wellbeing of all children.
For the past six months newspaper headlines, editorial pages, cocktail party discussions, and dinner table conversations have been laced with information and opinion about the past and future of a 6-year-old boy who accompanied his mother as she tried to immigrate to the United States on a raft. The rescue of Elian Gonzales and the battle over his future has presented the American public with many questions, including the following:
The struggle over the right to care for and raise one 6-year-old child has been frustrating to observe and, at times, ridiculous. But as the dilemma over the future home and family of Elian Gonzales has been debated and adjudicated, perhaps we have learned a little about what happens when a child's future is determined by adults who are motivated more by hatred of each other than by love of the child. Perhaps we will also have learned that when families break apart, for whatever reason, maintaining the security and well-being of the children involved requires unusual wisdom and good will. If so, the media attention, government resources, and political grandstanding will have been worth it.
Julia McMillan. Editorial: Raising Elian.