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International Adoption Sanctions Affect Many in America

While international adoption investigations hope to end corruption, what happens to children in need of families? According to a New York Times report placing suspensions and more stringent guidelines on the process has had a major impact on American couples seeking to adopt kids from countries like Vietnam and Guatemala. It said :

A major change in the adoption landscape is the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, a treaty involving more than 70 countries and recently signed by the United States. It establishes new accreditation requirements for adoption agencies and protections against child trafficking. Many in the adoption field expect the treaty to stop the commercial industry that boomed in many countries as demand for international adoptions rose. Ultimately, the regulations are expected to benefit the children and those wanting to adopt them.

The rights of the biological parents and their offspring should first and foremost be protected, but in looking into adoptions on a case by case basis, many potential adoptees and families hoping to welcome them will wait in limbo. It said:

The world began watching as international adoptions more than tripled from early 1990, reaching as many as 22,884 in 2004 in the United States, which registers more international adoptions than all other countries combined. But the number of such adoptions has steadily decreased over the last three years, to 19,400 in 2007, and adoption experts expect the decline to continue for several years.

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tyau30 tyau30 9 years
It's not a matter of what Americans should or shouldn't do. It's a matter of what the adoptive parents decide to do. And it's no business of anyone else. Besides, in my mind there is no distinction between the orphans in America and the orphans in the rest of the world. They are all orphans in need of a loving and safe home. My husband and I are already an international (he is Chinese, born in Taiwan. I'm caucasian) family and have long wanted to adopt a baby girl from China, in fact we are currently in the process. It wasn't because of the "lure of adopting foreign kids" (what does that even mean?), and we aren't "pulling a Brangelina or something". We both feel strongly connected to the culture and people of China and know that we can raise this baby girl with a deep understanding of the culture she was born into. Adopting from China was a conscious decision that we made and something that we are very passionate about. That being said, we might end up adopting our next child from the US. Who knows? We're open. If you, k squared, are so concerned about the number of orphans in America...are you doing something about it? Do you plan on adopting an orphan from this country? Are you currently in the process of adopting a child from here? If so, kudos to you. But it's my experience that people who make comments like the ones you have made, not only know nothing about the adoption process, but aren't even interested in adopting a child themselves. Go figure.
k-squared k-squared 9 years
I don't see why Americans can't adopt orphans already here in America. Sure, I see the lure of adopting foreign kids, pulling a Brangelina or something, but there are so many kids without parents here in our country that it doesn't really make sense to adopt a foreign orphan.
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