May 26, 2009

Why aren't celebrities adopting U.S. kids?

Pop star Madonna is back in the news; this time, trying to adopt another black child from an African nation, it would be her second child.
It seems that anytime we hear about celebrities like Madonna adopting, the children are from another country. I'm not at all opposed to children being adopted from Africa, China or any other country, but it does raise the question: What's wrong with adopting American children?
Now I'm not against anyone providing a secure, loving home for a child, but it seems to me that these stories often reinforce a growing public image of adoption for many Americans: that of a rich, famous individual going to a developing country to adopt a child.
According to various adoption and governmental agencies, more than 500,000 American children are under foster care, and many of them are waiting for adoption. From coast to coast, babies to toddlers to teens are desperately looking for a home where they can be loved, nurtured and provided for.
Now, it would be easy to blast these celebrities by saying it's the hip thing to walk around with an international child, but truth be told, we've got a serious adoption problem in this country.
Single mothers have a difficult time adopting a child and let's not even talk about the red tape and bureaucracy!
American parents are made to jump through enormous hoops, and the process takes years, instead of months. And all too often, single people and married couples simply grow disenchanted with the process in America.
If you think it should be easier to adopt American children, demand that your local, state and federal election officials clear the pathway to make the process easier. And let's have more consistency. Having 50 different states set their own policy, is frankly, nonsense. With so many rules, no wonder folks throw their hands up and move on.
The goal of adoption is to put children in loving homes and not have them be the responsibility of the state. Making it harder to adopt affects you in your pocketbook because taxpayer money is spent to care for the children. So changing the laws not only helps the child, but also is fiscally prudent.

In Arizona I know several people who all ready have children of their own and wanted to do a good thing by adding a needed child to their family. The State of Arizona requires an extensive background of the parents, they want you to attend classes on how to raise a child (WTF is that?), and get on a waiting list.
They have even invaded the private sector such as churches and make them use the State's code of adoption policies.
Frankly, who the hell has the time, money, patience, and effort to go through this bullshit created by totally useless Liberal Bureaucrats?
I wouldn't do it.
Just pay the $15,000.00 and get a child from China.
It takes about 3-months.


Your comments, as always, are welcomed and appreciated.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

mmm, actually, it takes 3+ YEARS to adopt a child from China.

Origins-USA said...

As someone who has spent the past 30 years researching, speaking and writing about adoption, I agree - to some degree.

Of the half million children in foster care approx. 129,000 could be adopted. These children can be adopted fo very minimal fees and many come with subsidies, International adoptions run $20-40,000.

The reasons people given for preparing international adoption are as follows:

- belief that kids in foster care are more "damaged" than kids adopted from orphanages, many of whom have fetal alcohol syndrome and other serious attachment issues

- wanting younger children than are available from state social services

- inability to be approved for adoption within the states because of age etc.

- distance between them and the original family and unfounded fears of birth family members returning and being able to reclaim their kids.

Lowering standards for adopting is not, in my opinion, beneficial for the welfare of these kids. They do have social needs and require parents who are equipped to handle that.

The major problem is people CAN too easily adopt from overseas without being properly prepared and many of these adoptions end disaterously. This and most all problems are caused by the fact thatit is privately run on an entrepenaurial basis, not a child-centered practice. It is a multi-billion dollar industry with too few regulations.

Finally, our government offers incentives and promotes adoption using kids in foster care as pawns, when in fact all of these efforts, particularly tax credits, are given equally to those who adopt from foster care as well as those who adopt internationally, and are in fact used more for the later than the former.

The best way to ensure homes are secured for American kids who need them is to stop making it so easy to adopt internationally and supporting it with tax dollars.

Mirah Riben, author. "The Stork Market: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry"

http://www.AdvocatePublications.com

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Anonymous said...

Yeah that's selling out the USA. But so is this:

Hilton Hotel Welcomes Islam Supremacists, pro-Terror Recruiters July 19, 2009

http://www.investigativeproject.org/1088/pro-terror-group-to-meet-in-chicago-suburb

Ginger said...

To - Mr Anonymous

I don't know where you got your info, but my neighbor adopted a child, a little girl from China, about 18 months old, it took 6-months.
I understand if you want a a boy that's very difficult and may take a long time.
Most adoptions from the PRC are quick, easy as compared to other countries, and hassle free if you compare it to the USA.
There are lawyers that specialize in adoptions just from the PRC. My neighbor used a law firm in Hong Kong.