Baby Exportation

February 18th, 2011

World trade concept. Globe surrounded by shipping containers.I recently wrote in Castes and Prejudice that “children were not produce.”  Children are not a commodity to be bought and sold like bananas and brussels sprouts.  So, when I was skimming my Google Alerts regarding international adoption, I read an article about Korean adoptions, Korea Still Relies On International Adoption, from The Korea Herald.  The article stated that in 2009, Korea was the fourth largest “baby exporting country” of children into the United States.  The term jumped off the page and straight into my face. I’ve read and studied the statistics of international adoption for years, but there was something about seeing internationally adopted children referred to as an exportable commodity that bothered… [more]

How many orphans in China?

October 25th, 2007
Categories: China

Since confusion is the thought for today, I might as well go the whole hog on it and take my befuddlement all the way to China. As we all know, unless the past year has been spent as the unhappy guest of aliens intent on learning how humans tick ... we don't ... China revamped their adoption regulations and put new restrictions on international adoptive parents into place in the 1st of May. Parents must now be lighter, younger, prettier, healthier, happier, smarter and richer than they had to be before May. One reason often given for the upping of the ante has been that there are markedly fewer children available for adoption. Brian Stuy, on his Research China Blog ties… [more]

China adoptions: The “Genocide Olympics”

October 6th, 2007
Categories: China

Continued from the previous post where China has been the topic. China is now getting ready to host the Olympics, and as Grant pointed out in his blog, the upcoming hoo-haa that goes along with is a very big deal and the Chinese are keen to keep attention focused on good stuff. Perhaps because people are actually paying some attention at the moment, and because the poop is hitting the fan in places like Burma, Sudan and North Korea in very big ways, China's propping up of the poopers is being noticed and commented upon. Gathering some steam are movements to draw even more attention in hopes of encouraging action that might hold China accountable for its contributions to the total trouncing of rights by regimes it… [more]

China adoptions: The Powerhouse

October 6th, 2007
Categories: China

Continued from the previous post where we've been looking at adoptions from China. Does China's system of government, which of course includes their system for international adoptions, show itself to be an exemplary example countries like Cambodia and Guatemala should emulate? Should that standard be the template others should mirror? Some would have it that the reason China's adoption process is so rarely criticized has everything to do with the country's status as a burgeoning economic powerhouse and political hot potato and nothing to do with the realities of its adoption program. Human rights abuses in China are well documented, as is proof of corruption in the country's government. Transparency in the sense that we understand is virtually nonexistent in many areas under… [more]

China adoptions: Why the pass?

October 6th, 2007
Categories: China

Our China Adoption Blogger, Grant, wrote recently about Burma and how the horrid events in that country could eventually impact adoptions from China. He is no doubt right, and for families waiting ... and waiting and waiting, as the timeframe for adoptions from China just gets longer and longer ... the anxiety levels for parents in the process must be rising through the roof. As we all know the wait is torture, no matter what, and being aware of global events that through no fault of our own, and completely out of the control of anyone we might happen to have access to, could change absolutely everything makes it about a bazillion times worse on an hourly basis, for months and months and months. How well I remember watching… [more]

Small world gets smaller

July 18th, 2007

Issues to do with children and adoption around the world range from the widely different to basically the same, as although cultural differences abound, we are at the base of it all humans. For example, this story out of the UK illustrates how children of ethnic minorities there wait longer for placement in adoptive families ... up to three times longer ... and there are worries that placing children of color with white families can leave them "without a sense of cultural and religious identity later in life." Perhaps repeating attempts at racial placement parameters in the US in response to a 1972 policy put forth by the National Association of Black Social Workers that insisted that, "... black children belong, physically, psychologically… [more]

China: Leaps and Bounds?

June 28th, 2007

We've been looking at China, the county's new requirements for adoption, and the idea that they're running out of adoptable children. In addition to China wanting to give the impression that all is so well within their vast borders that very few children are in need of families, this is also a country with a population of 1.3+ billion people with an average annual per capita rural income of US $ 356, that by the year 2025 will have 40 million adult bachelors for whom no wives will exist, but that continues to consider girl babies not only less a blessing than boys, but a regrettable burden. Given the present trend, there's no question that eventually girls… [more]

China: Picky and Choosy

June 28th, 2007

In writing the other day about the bias against overweight people seeping into the adoption world via Asia, I was prompted to take another look at the new regulations China has imposed that came into effect at the beginning of last month. Although I gather that Brian Stuy and his Research-China.Org tends to go along with the Chinese government's assertions that a decline in the numbers of children coming into orphanages means only the creme de la creme of prospective adoptive parents ... however creme is to be defined ... should be allowed to adopt Chinese children, I have serious doubts that this is the case. As I said in this post from a

Making me cry …

June 9th, 2007

nests/©2006SHBenoiton I decided early this morning that today's post would be a catch-up on bits of adoption news floating around my desk. When I learned that another power cut was in the cards for a better part of the day, that settled it. Writing anything deeper without the ability to bounce around the Net researching isn't how I like to work, so a good little tidy sounded even better ... my blogging equivalent to some light dusting. Little did I know I'd end up in tears. As is far too often really obvious, adoptive parents get a lot of grief. There are those in the adoption community that view us as neighbors they would rather keep well out of the vicinity, accusing us of all sorts… [more]

News: Nepal closes, Cambodia opens to French, and more

May 20th, 2007

Time to clean up the desk again, so today' s post will be bits and pieces of news I've been collecting to pass along, starting with an announcement from Ethica about an up-coming conference, co-sponsored by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, to be held in Washington DC in October. The topic is "Adoption Ethics and Accountability". For more info, see Ethica's conference registration page. The French government has reopened adoptions from Cambodia. Starting out slowly, thirty Cambodian children will be allowed to become members of French families in 2007. The reopening of Viet Nam to French families in March precipitated the filing of more than 1,500 submissions to adopt within the first ten days… [more]