Adoption

United States
December 9, 2006 11:42am CST
In your opinion should we be giving homes to children in our own country first before adopting from other countries? Why or why not?
3 responses
@imadriscoll (2230)
• United States
9 Dec 06
My family is very familiar with adoption. My husband and I are in process of adopting two boys from Haiti. We did consider adopting from the United States (where we live) but after talking to several people we decided against adopting domestically. Take for instance, a story told by my brother-in-law. In trying to decide if they should adopt domestically or internationally they were told that an orphan in India has a very grim future. They were shown pictures of a man who's job was to literally go into the sewers and by hand pick out clogs. This was his lot in life because of the culture and the fact that he didn't have parents. This is quite a bit better then what would happen to a girl who's left an orphan. They decided to adopt a girl from India because ultimately an orphan in the US has a better chance at a future then one in India. It is never desirable to be an orphan in any country, but there are a lot of countries where it is worse to be an orphan then in the United States. Take into consideration laws that govern orphanages and foster care systems that are not in place in other countries. Also the United States is at peace within its boarders ... Haiti has been a war torn country for almost its entire existence. It is also the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere and third hungriest in the world. 1 out of 5 children will not live to adulthood because of poverty and poor health conditions. If they do live to adulthood there is a great chance that they will never make it above the poverty line as over 70% of the nation lives in poverty. Ultimately a child is a child and deserves the very best in life. This should not be determined solely on what country they are born into ... we love our neice Vani and I can't imagine our family without her!
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
14 Dec 06
I couldnt agree wmore with you and I commend your actions. I have dealt with some adoptive children and I think sometimes the parents remind them to much of that. And with older children they often use it as an excuse for behavior and I dont think that is right. I really think we all should look into the welfare of our society by adopting all the unwanted children into it and become a protector of them.
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
14 Dec 06
I think the welfare of the child should come first so we shouldnt implement rules which make it to hard to adopt. I think most of the children who are adopted are well cared for so we should just be encouraging loving families to take these children. I dont think though we should rush and we should checkt he background of the prospective parents.
@jaginfo2006 (1757)
• India
9 Dec 06
i think it is a good thing no its a great thing