the Ethics of International Adoption.
We are big advocates of family and adoption. Every child deserves a family to love and support them –to watch them grow. Many children are living without parents or a family to call their own, growing up in institutions. We strongly believe that children belong in families, NOT orphanages.
But, it's so much more complicated than that.
There are many vulnerable children in the world and unfortunately, even international adoption has allowed for children and families to become exploited. Around the world (particularly in developing countries), many children that have been placed for adoption have become victims of human trafficking. You may be surprised to learn that in Uganda, for example, up to 80% of children in orphanages have at least one living parent. At times, parents are placing their children in orphanages because of the promise of food and an education. The parents may be uneducated themselves, and may not understand that by placing their children in orphanages, they often become available for adoption. There are too many sad stories of families who were never given the opportunity to raise their own children by simply receiving the support to do so, or who had NO idea that their children were being taken away to foreign countries, never to be seen again. Of course, this is not always the case, and adoption can also be an incredible thing for all parties involved.
The reason we are bringing this up is because although we are big proponents of adoption, we strongly encourage anyone who is seeking to adopt to do their due diligence. Ensure that you are working with ethical lawyers and agencies. Ensure a thorough child study has been done and that any known relatives have been consulted rigorously.
Most importantly, research, research, research!