NCFA awards for imperialism

Today the NCFA announced they are going to award attorney Debbie Wynbrow and her husband and partner, Brad Oliver with induction in their notorious and self proclaimed Adoption Hall of Fame. Debbie and Brad can now join the ranks of people like Larry "I'm not Gay" Craig and organizations such as LDS Chilren's Services, awarded earlier for the great work they did in the case of Baby Tamia.

Wynbrow and Oliver obviously deserve the reward for bypassing South African regulations and therefore creating a precedent which will make adoption from South Africa easier. In the case of Baby R they successfuly fought on behalf of an American couple to adopt a South African child, which was opposed by Centre for Child Law (CCL) at the University of Pretoria, accusing the American couple and their lawyer of “bypassing” procedures ordained by the legislature, of “forum shopping” and of “self-help”.

From now on South African Babies R US.

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Natural resources

Last look, there seems to be plenty of children needing help through responsible and loving guardians here in our own country.  WHY a couple feels the need to travel around the world to find a needing child is beyond me.

My bet is there are children in everyone's neighborhood who could use a little mentoring attention, but for the starter-adopter-wanna-be, why not peruse the following pages, and see what's still lacking in the United States?

Adopt America Network - "There are 114,000 children in the U.S. foster care system eligible and waiting to be adopted.  These children have lived through loss, neglect and abuse and it is not their fault."

Adopt US Kids - "The Collaboration to AdoptUsKids is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children & Families, the US Department of Health & Human Services, and the Adoption Exchange Association. Collaboration partners include: University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, Northwest Adoption Exchange, North American Council on Adoptable Children, National Foster Parent Association, and The Adoption Exchange Inc."

Children Awaiting Parents - "A national not-for-profit charitable organization that recruits foster and adoptive families for special needs children who have been waiting the longest for a "forever" family. We have brought together more than 5,000 children and families in our 35 years of service."
National Adoption Center - "Since 1972, the Center has helped to find adoptive families for more than 21,000 U.S. children. Most children waiting to be adopted are school-aged or in a sibling group that needs to stay together. Many have emotional disabilities; others have physical, mental or developmental disabilities. All need the love of a permanent family."

Why import children at all?

While you are absolutely right there are plenty of children in foster case photolisted, it is highly dubious they are all awaiting adoption. It almost looks as if every child in foster care nowadays is eligible for adoption, making adoption a defacto option for children whose family situation is somehow disturbed.

These photolistings are sickening to me and the accompanying texts read as if written by some pastoral worker with two years of secondary education, advertizing the do-gooder organizations behind the websites, who line their pockets with federal and state money. Obviously there is no need to import children from other countries, in fact the United States of America even exports children, to countries like the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. Couples from those countries hire lawyers to adopt children from America, because the process in the US is easier and goes faster than anywhere else in the world. Short waiting periods and few regulations are making the US a more and more popular country to adopt from. Like many of the children from the photolists, and the children imported from Africa, these are mainly black children.

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