Is the adoption of African children.....?

@Miranda (728)
South Africa
October 11, 2006 8:18am CST
Is the adoption of African children by celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie a good thing?
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@Stiletto (4584)
18 Oct 06
This whole thing of rich American celebrities adopting babies from developing countries brings out the cynic in me I'm afraid. Just a fraction of their incomes could make all the difference to entire villages - why not build a clinic or a school, fund an immunisation programme? There again there probably isn't the same photo opportunities involved in doing any of those things. Not quite the same as parading your new African baby about in front of the paparazzi is it?
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@MySpot (2602)
• United States
19 Oct 06
Angelina and Brad donated all of the medical equipment and baby stuff they had to nearby hospitals. Angelina is very much involved in charitable causes. I agree that the celebs could definitely impact more children's lives by funding Third World Countries.
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@wsue1023 (1396)
• United States
26 Oct 06
I don't see it as bad, but wonder what's wrong with adopting kids from their own country? In the USA there are thousands of kids who are waiting to be adopted, so why travel to Africa? Then again, if it's a child that's in a bad situation or has a bad living environment, I'd probably do the same thing. I do think adoption is a wonderful thing and wish more people would consider it.
@bhbirdie6 (1771)
• United States
20 Oct 06
I think Angelina is actually doing it for the good of the children, but I recently read an article on Madonna's adoption and the actual father of the child is contesting her adoption. Her adoption is actually illegal as well as the child she wants to adopt can only be adopted by a member of it's own country which she is not. She has illegally taken custody of a child when it's parent still wants it.
@kiwidipa (2854)
• United States
19 Oct 06
sure it's a good thing it shows diversity in families that are at their highest rate with many issues of racism still around. I am glad they have done such a thing, my aunt adopted 2 vietnamese children about 8 years ago and flew over to get them.........
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• United States
19 Oct 06
I highly believe it is a wonderful thing. Those children need homes too, and there aren't very many people in the US that can do much for them, so for these women to reach out and help them, and bring them here for a better life is a great thing.
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@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
19 Oct 06
It can be a good thing but the adopting parents should also make sure that the children know about their birth culture as well. My only concern is that these children often grow up in an 'unreal' world and spend a lot of time in the care of nannies because the adopting celebrity parents are so busy with their lives, doing all those things that make them celebrities.
@MySpot (2602)
• United States
11 Oct 06
It's great if a child in need gets a great home, right? I think that as long as the Adoptive Parents remember to teach that child about their culture and heritage, but this applies to any adoption, not just a Country to Country adoption or Celebrity Adoption. The way I see it is that people who adopt have a kind heart to nurture and love a child for who they are and give them what every child really needs. The celebrities definatley have an advantage, financially. That is probably a good thing for a Country to Country adoption, because they can afford to visit the child's birth place.
@Miranda (728)
• South Africa
11 Oct 06
Great response, thanx !!!!
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@MySpot (2602)
• United States
11 Oct 06
Thanks for hearing my opinion... and especially for choosing mine as best response, even if it's the only one. This was a great topic that probably got mowed over by some redundant or stupid discussion.
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• India
18 Oct 06
i agree with tat but do u think they treat this child as their own child or else like a servent for their baby's when they grew up??
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@bigedshult1 (1613)
• United States
13 Oct 06
it is grate to adopt a child from where ever you can and rase tham just like your own love them to and have them sceald to you for ever
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@Miranda (728)
• South Africa
26 Oct 06
thank you for your response
@xbrendax (2668)
• United States
12 Oct 06
It's good for the child I would think, but I feel it's a rich thing, that if you are a famous rich person in America, you MUST have a token black child! Sorta like a status symbol!!!!!
@MySpot (2602)
• United States
19 Oct 06
Actually, it can be a lot more expensive and difficult to adopt in the U.S. That's why many people are adopting from other countries. Do you have any idea how many little girls are waiting for homes in China? My cousin is a nurse and her husband is a doctor but they had so much red tape here in the states that they decided to adopt a daughter from Russia. That was 10 years ago and Hannah is a beautiful, smart, loving girl who is very loved and very much a part of our family.
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• Mexico
12 Oct 06
It's good for the kids who might grow up there and find their way to America and start from where every immigrant starts. Their case is straigh to riches, the good life, education, even money when they are adopted by celebrities.
@Miranda (728)
• South Africa
26 Oct 06
great response, thanx
@mcc371 (918)
• United States
11 Oct 06
I don't think it shouls matter if the person is a celeb or not. As long as the adoptive parent s are willing to provide that child with a caring loving home and give them the stability they need. To raise a child who has lived practicly on the streets would be happy to be accepted by anyone celeb or not. Children are a gift of heaven and should be blessed with loving care, not thrown in the streets like beggers.
@Miranda (728)
• South Africa
26 Oct 06
thanx for the response
• United States
11 Oct 06
I suppose. To each his own. I would perfer to adopt children that are of my ethnic background. that's just methough. I don't think madonna or angelina jolie ever adopted an african child though.
@Miranda (728)
• South Africa
26 Oct 06
tx for your opinion
@utopia (324)
• United States
11 Oct 06
Yes definitely
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@Miranda (728)
• South Africa
26 Oct 06
tx 4 the response
• United States
27 Oct 06
I think that it is because they will be able to provide for them babies in a way that they would never be able to recieve if they were to stay in Africa.
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• United States
27 Oct 06
I question overseas adoption for many reasons. The main reason they can be easily bribed. As the case with Madonna who had the rules bent for her. Some of the money goes to organized gangs, not saying that there aren't legitimate adoption agencies but this is rampant. In some countries they take children, and this is documented, and sell them to US and European couples. Mnay people will say that these children need homes because they are starving and poor. That may be so in some cases but not all.
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@sree4030 (657)
• India
26 Oct 06
adoption is a good thing wether its african or not irrelevant
@justvenkys (1359)
• India
26 Oct 06
Oh! I think this may include some politics. If not that is fair.
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@kcbomba (616)
• United States
22 Oct 06
there's nothing wrong with it , if you ask me .Africans are decent people
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• United States
22 Oct 06
y not.it is definitely a good thing
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@mona123 (912)
• United States
22 Oct 06
I don't think it shouls matter if the person is a celeb or not. As long as the adoptive parent s are willing to provide that child with a caring loving home and give them the stability they need. To raise a child who has lived practicly on the streets would be happy to be accepted by anyone celeb or not. Children are a gift of heaven and should be blessed with loving care, not thrown in the streets like beggers.
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