I read through this article that talks about why adoption was halted in Vietnam recently. It sheds a little light on why our Nepal adoption was stopped, although I think Nepalese adoptions were not on the [crazy] scale that Vietnam adoptions were at during their shut down. You can see in this article that it is frustrating for all sides of the issue, and that so many of the problems lie in our high expectations of 3rd world countries (which is a really good thing) but also something that is hard to change. Unfortunately though, it’s the parents and the kids that get screwed, the countries only look bad.
Another article I found (it’s from People in 2005- so feel free to take what you will) is about how many African American babies are getting adopted in Canada and Europe. I find that amazing. With all of the Americans (including myself) that are trying to adopt outside of the US, we can’t even get all of our own American babies adopted to American families. Beginning the domestic adoption has really opened up my eyes to the state of my own country.
Then, I came upon THIS article about how adopting a black baby (specifically a boy) is significantly cheaper than a white child. In the article (which was written in The Economist in May 2010) they state, “It’s about $8,000 cheaper to adopt a black baby than a white or Hispanic child and girls tend to cost about $2,000 more than boys.”
I find this crazy. In the small world we live in today I have a hard time understanding why this is the case. (amount of money aside…) No matter what, your adopted children are not biologically yours, but their personalities will be formed because of their surroundings (aka: their parents). So why does race play a part? Why do we as Americans (I’m generalizing here, so please don’t get mad) make sure that when we adopt, our kids look like us, yet Canadian and European families are less likely to care about skin color? Could it really be just because of the one reason that I am scared to adopt a black child? (the hair! No, seriously, I’m going to do my absolute BEST to figure out my child’s hair, and show them how beautiful it is!)
No, I have to say that this can’t be the only reason Americans don’t want to adopt black babies. But I wish it was.
Whew. Enough reading for one day.