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ok, so I’m hearing a lot about the trafficking of children on this site, with a lot of people being against international adoptions. I know that international adoption is ridiculously expensive. I believe that in many (most?) cases people are profitting from adoption instead of the money being used to help kids in orphanages. I believe that child trafficking probably does happen sometimes. I do not believe that the majority of internationally adopted kids are “obtained” (for lack of a better word) unethically or illegally. I believe that the needs of the many have to outweight the means of the few. given these beliefs (and they’re my personal beliefs, not hard facts), should we shut down international adoptions, as some people seem to be suggesting?
this is where I get confused: in 2009 and 2010 there were “only” about 12,000 children adopted internationally in the US for each year. at the same time, UNICEF figures put the number of orphans under the age of 5 who have lost both parents and have no extended family to care for them at 650,000. it seems that “supply” far exceeds “demand”. so, why is there such a problem with “baby stealing” or “child trafficking” as some people suggest exists?
Are these children really better left in orphanages?
I plan to adopt from us foster care, but this topic hits a little too close to home for me because of adopted kids I’ve cared for in the past. One family had attempted to adopt 3 times from liberia, but the first 2 children died in the orphanage before they could be brought to the us. the 3rd was very sick, and the doctors just couldn’t figure out why. I also came into contact with a lot of newly-adopted kids from 3rd world countries that had to be hospitalized for severe malnutrition, parasites, and previously undiagnosed conditions.
I guess my question is, for those against international adoption, why do you feel it’s better for these kids to remain in substandard orphanages than to be adopted by a loving, American family?
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