Should International Adoptions be Encouraged?



The debate over International Adoption is a passionate one. Some countries believe their children should stay in the country of their heritage. Supporters of adoption argue that the well-being of the child should come first. Living in a loving permanent home is far better than living a life in an orphanage or foster care that are under-resourced.

In 2004, the year we adopted our two from Russia, the number of foreign children adopted by US families was 22,990. In 2009, the number was only 12,753. Why the big drop in adoptions?
1) The number of countries allowing international adoptions has dropped.
2) Many countries have stiffened up the requirements and paperwork to adopt, making it more difficult.
3) The economy has made the high expenses involved in an adoption too difficult for families to afford.

It is discouraging to think that over 6 million children wait in orphanages for a family of their own. Many have parents living in nearby towns, too poor to feed them…hence, they are not adoptable. These children live a life with no options, because a biological parent refuses for their child to be adopted…but will not care for that child themselves. We saw a lot of that in Russia. Sad.

So…should Int’l Adoption be encouraged?

Deborah Mumm, The Adoption Coach
Everything for Adoption

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One response to this post.

  1. I appreciate your post. I spent several months working in an orphanage in South America. Like you pointed out, many of the children had families so they couldn’t be adopted. While I was there, one child turned 16 (the cut-off age to be adopted) and another child died of heart complications. I can’t help but wonder how these children’s lives could have been better if it was easier to adopt internationally.

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