Mariska Hargitay Adopts a Baby Born In the USA - Domestic Adoption is the Hot Hollywood Trend!

April 7, 2011/

Take a hint Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - you don’t have to travel overseas to adopt a child!  Domestic adoption is becoming the hottest new Hollywood trend thanks to celebrity moms like Sandra Bullock, Sheryl Crow, and Mariska Hargitay. 

Which celebrity parents have added to their families through domestic adoption? 

Domestic adoption is becoming the new international adoption in celebrity circles.  For a while it seemed all of the A-List stars were travelling overseas in order to adopt a child.  Angelina Jolie has children adopted from Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Vietnam.  Meg Ryan adopted daughter Daisy from China.  Madonna adopted son David and daughter Mercy from Malawi.  These days the stars are looking closer to home when it comes time for adoption. 

Sandra Bullock was the first high profile celebrity mom to take the route of domestic adoption when she adopted son Louis, who was born in New Orleans, in 2010.

Sheryl Crow was ahead of the trend when she adopted son Wyatt in 2007.   In June 2010, she added to the family with the adoption of her second son Levi.   Crow hasn’t revealed many details of her adoptions other than that they were both domestically adopted.

Mariska Hargitay is the latest celebrity to adopt a baby born in the United States with the adoption of daughter Amaya Josephine last week.    She and husband Peter Hermann researched both International and Domestic adoptions before adding Amaya to their family.

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman adopted both of their children – daughter Isabella, 18, and son Connor, 16 – via domestic adoption.

Rosie O’Donnellis the mother of celebrity domestic adoption having taken that route for three of her chldren – son Parker was adopted in 1995, daughter Chelsea was adopted in 1997, and son Blake was adopted in 1999.

Calista Flockhart took time off after Ally McBeal to adopt her son Liam, who was born in San Diego, in 2001.



Um.... does anyone see the same old profit-making trend that has always been a problem in good ol' Adoptionland?

INFANT adoption is not doing much to help the many older adoptable American children in foster care.  In fact, infant adoption helps those who profit from adoption, by putting the wrong focus on adoption services, a la Maternity Homes and Services.

But my all means, let's celebrate Hollywood Hotness.... and all that American celebrities are doing for the adoption industry. 


Trans-racial, don't forget transracial

The hottest accessory is not just the adopted child. The child has to have some trans-racial ethnic mix in it, to showcase just how open-minded people in rich society can be.

AH yes, how stupid of me NOT to mention the color-coded bar-code

<laughing>.... it's so predictable sometimes, isn't it?

WHY buy foreign, when you can buy domestic?  Don't people know Domestic these days can be just as good, if not better than foreign strays finds foundlings?  After all what does America have that few other countries have?  KICK ASS MATERNITY HOMES/SERVICES, with the all the care and technology, like ultrasounds and other neat pre-natal monitoring "stuff" (blood-work and profesional health-care instruction and oversight), that top-shelf money can buy. Surely, people with money and some insight on health care around the globe are not stupid.  [Go ask Nicole Kidman, (A-list mother to 3 out-sourced babies) about American baby factories services for the more wealthy...]

<looking for my bottle>

I liked this part in the latest gossip-report (thanx for the link):

Hargitay, 47, announced to People magazine that Amaya Josephine was born about a week ago in the United States. Amaya — who appears to be African-American, though no mention of ethnicity was made — joins Hargitay’s 4-year-old son August.

"We were considering both international and domestic adoption and we're thrilled that this is the way our prayers were answered," she told People. "We talked a lot about mixed-race adoptions, and we are very excited that we are now a multi-racial family."

Ah, the healthy mixed-mutt... who doesn't want one of those, fresh from the factory womb?

Any idea how much a healthy newborn, born in America is going for these days - and how that compares to a very youngish foreign import?  [These are questions I always wanted to know, but my previous owners insisted they did not purchase me.... they just paid "adoption fees"]

Can't forget the Pertman Response...

...and as predicted, Pertman took some time out of his busy tour to add his 2-cent opinion on race-relations in America's division of Adoptionland:

The latest data show that about 40% of adoptions in America involve such families; among children from other countries adopted by American parents, 84% are transracial or transethnic, says Adam Pertman, executive director of the nonprofit Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a research, policy and education organization.

He shared the statistics as part of a panel on multiracial identities Friday at the nonprofit Council on Contemporary Families, a group of family researchers, mental health practitioners and clinicians meeting here.

"When you form a family with kids of a different race or ethnicity, you become a multiracial, multiethnic family," says Pertman, the father of two adopted teens.

The most common type of adoption in the United States is from foster care, comprising 68% of adoptions, compared with 17% for infants adopted domestically and 15% from international adoption, Pertman said.

"The whole gamut of family issues is being influenced in a profound way by adoption," he says. "There are Chinese cultural festivals in synagogues and there are African American kids with Irish last names at St. Patrick's Day parades."

Pertman, of New York City, is the author of the newly revised Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families -- and America. He says this revision was prompted by major developments in adoption since the first edition of the book came out in 2000.

"An immense amount has changed in the last decade — intercountry adoption is plummeting, foster care adoptions are soaring, a kid was "returned" to Russia, the Haiti earthquake was an abject lesson in how not to do adoptions, openness in infant adoptions really took hold, and on and on," say Pertman, whose work is focused on the overall adoptive family.

[From: Adoption changes spur growth in multiracial families, April 9, 2011 ]

What has YET to plummet in the demand-aspect of adoption?  Healthy infants, if colored, so be it.

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