There has been a fair amount in the papers of late regarding adoption of kids from other countries. There was the mess in Haiti and now the mother who sent her son back to Russia causing the country to ban all adoptions by Americans.
It is certainly an arduous route at best. For both the children, who often are not in the best of health and the prospective parents who often aren't screened sufficiently. The process can take years.
Why, then, do these people choose to adopt foreign children rather than one of the multitude of kids needing homes in this country? It is hard for me to believe the process here could be any more difficult then elsewhere.
I understand that the need is great world wide, but some of these youngsters are not mere babies who will be learning language and culture from scratch. They will be foreigners in a strange land, many speaking a different language. How well are they assimilated into the community once away from family?
I'm curious how Oriental and black kids manage. Look at the conflicts Obama had over his identity, being raised by his white grandparents while he bore the features of his father's race. And that was his own family.
It's a subject close to my heart, having been adopted myself. As was my brother before me. From different families. Needless to say I have a lot of respect for those who are willing to adopt. I'm so grateful a young couple chose me, housed and clothed me, educated me and most importantly - loved me.
I just wish I could understand why this day and age American kids seem to take a back seat.