Those of you with an interest in international adoption might have noticed this–the latest salvo in the adoption wars:
Riben uses very tough rhetoric and makes a good number of accusations here…..I don’t care to jump into this, except to say that it seems to me that this kind of sterile debate is exactly the reason we need to base adoption policy on facts–how many children are truly in need, how many families can/cannot be put back together, etc…..There is really no point hurling insults at one another–
I have tried to develop my own nuanced approach to these issues over the years–I think my own article on international adoption and human rights, from 2003, was subtle and open-minded. It really is troubling, upsetting, dreadful, though, to note that in Haiti, where children are truly languishing in orphanages and even dying, it is extremely difficult to carry out an adoption–does this make sense? HOw is responsible for that? And as for the folks who are so concerned about “cleaning up” international adoption (and I of course want that as well), what efforts are they making in that direction–to ensure not only that no baby buying goes on–but also that all children who need alternative families can actually get them?