Thursday, November 21, 2013

"Re-homing" of difficult foreign children highlights adoption, child-care crisis

It is often said that you cannot “un-adopt” a child, or return a child who turns out to be severely disabled or challenged or difficult to handle. (I think Nebraska passed a controversial law to allow parents to surrender difficult children a few years ago.)  But the New York Times today (Thursday, November 21, 2013) described the practice of “re-homing” difficult children, mostly adopted from foreign countries, in an article on p. A17 by Nicholas D. Kristof, “When children are traded”, link here
  
Apparently, off the books, the practice is rather widespread, with horrific consequences for children. 
  
Reuters is reported to be preparing a detailed series on the problem.
  
It’s also interesting to note that Russia is not allowing adoption of children in the US, but that appeared as part of its recent anti-gay law, and is probably really motivated by its concerns over slow birth rates and population loss.

A number of years ago, ABC 20-20 covered the challenges of adopting children from post-Communist Romania.
  
Is the fact that many relatively well-off adults or couples choose not to have children at all or become involved in raising them morally relevant?  

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