Exposing Corruption in International Adoption
- Not for Profit?
- Burned by a baby broker
- Adoption a child’s play
- Misguided Madonna's just helping the baby traffickers
- Armenia Considers Changing Adoption Procedures Amid Allegations Of Corruption
- The final cost of an international adoption
- Uganda's child adoption 'market' brings misery and confusion
- Nonprofit adoption agencies often profit someone other than children, families
- Ontario adoption agency, with clients in Alberta, charged with fraud
By Amy Costello
November 29, 2011/ Philanthropy.com
Tiny Spark is new podcast on the business of doing good. The first installment takes a look at corruption in international adoption and how it has caused problems despite the generous impulses of many parents. Amy Costello, a freelance reporter and radio producer, hosts and produces the program.
In the past decade, American parents have adopted some quarter of a million children from Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Nepal, and elsewhere. And in all of these countries and others, fraud has been uncovered.
Pressure from children's advocates and others are leading to changes. But problems persist.
For insights about how the process of trying to place needy children in good homes can go so wrong, Ms. Costello talks with Jennifer Hemsley, who spent years trying to figure out whether a child she tried to adopt from Guatemala had been kidnapped from her birth parents.
She also interviews Erin Siegal, author of the new book, Finding Fernanda, a new investigative account of international corruption in the adoption system in Guatemala.