Should families wanting to adopt look abroad?
Adoption in western countries can often be a very slow and discouraging process. There are dozens of checks and hurdles to get through. For many it seems easier, and often more of a good deed to adopt from a less developed country. Rather than being left in orphanages that are often in very bad condition do those children not need westerners to adopt them more? However international adoption has its own pitfalls. The countries involved often have corrupt practices and at its worst adoption can become an industry where children are taken from mothers who wish to keep them. Look abroad to adopt?
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There are billions of suffering children all over the world
And parents who desperately want children but do not fit the socio-economic requirements to adopt in their own country.
Western adoption laws are very difficult to pass through; even though anyone fertile can have naturally born children. Those looking to adopt have to face stringent scrutiny.
For example those making less than or equal to 20,000 U.S.D annually have difficulty adopting as they qualify as living below poverty level in the U.S whereas in third/forth-world countries that same amount qualifies as a decent income.
American cost/standard of living is also significantly different.
Child trafficking is a heavily potent issue of our zietgeist
and adopting children across borders becomes suspect in terms of that issue.
People looking for looser regulations on adoption may not have the best interests for the child/children. A child adopted by American parents is American and as such should be given the rights of any other American child.
There are countless cases of Russian children mistreated in the states. Sometimes sent back with only a ticket.
The fact that adoption regulations abroadare not as tight as they should be
in no way suggests that starving/diseased children in foreign countries with no public health insurance or child benefits should not be saved/procured by well-off westerners.
But it does; we need tighter regulation before endangering children by handing them over to people who can not pass their own countries' requirements to adopt.
There have been cases of child-trafficking/prostitution/slavery resulting from the easy access certain westerners have to foreign children.
The Government is making adoption in the UK easier
As part of National Adoption Week Children's Minister Tim Loughton has announced the the Government is making it easier for people to adopt in the UK. He has called for a reduction in the delays and has set up an advisory group on adoption to give pratical propsals. There has also been a move to look much more at just allowing children to be adopted rather than making sure that parents and children have the same ethnic background. [[http://education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/informationforprofessionals/a0066330/childrens-minister-calls-for-reduced-delays-in-adoption-process]]
Rather than looking abroad people should try to work with the new system to ensure that the 4000 children that could be adopted are adopted rather than being left in care. Although it might be a more difficult process it is the right thing to do.
It's not all about the parents
Adopting from abroad simply because it is easier than adopting at home is the wrong starting point. Adoption should be about the child's best interests not the simply what the parents want or about short cuts. Potential parents must look at the situation as a whole and think about what adopting from abroad might mean for the child objectively. Intercountry adoption may also prevent domestic adoption for hard to place children who need the help just as much as a child from abroad.
Parent who simply want to adopt from abroad because it is easier for them may not considered the other issues that will affect the child they adopt such as the loss they will suffer from being uprooted and never knowing their own country and also the racism that they may face. [[http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/the-big-question-how-does-international-adoption-work-and-is-tighter-regulation-needed-1942936.html]]
It only helps one child
Some people who choose to adopt from abroad may do so for charitable reasons and may say that they are really concerned about the plight of children in other countries. When Madonna adopted her son David she said she would be 'raising Malawi'. However she is only helping one child out of millions. People really wanting to help could donate money to charities and orphanages which will help many children. Research has also shown that people are putting their children into foreign orphanages so that they might have a chance of being adopted by 'rich' foreigners. It turns the situation into a lottery.
What are you trying to solve
To help a child? We shouldnt neglect children because of where they come from. I understand its much more of a "process" issue, so you say, but not adopting will not solve anything. Fix the process, don't neglect it.
What do you think?