Essay International Adoption

1777 WordsJan 14, 20148 Pages
International Adoption The necessity of adoption in the world is astounding. Currently, there is an estimated 143 million orphans worldwide (Wingert, vol.151). As of 2007, there were 513,000 children living in foster care within the United States alone (Rousseau 21:14).International adoption in the United States was jumpstarted post World War II as a way of helping those children who were left homeless, after war had taken their parents. Although there are thousands of healthy children awaiting adoption in the United States, several American couples still turn to foreign adoption when seeking potential children. Americans often fail to realize the need for intervention within their own country and their duty to take care of domestic…show more content…
Due to this sense of subordination “women in poor countries [feel as if] they and their children serve as commodities for privileged Western people”( qtd. in Hollingsworth 48:209). A sense of vulnerability leads several women in developing countries to believe that they have to give their children up to wealthy Americans because of the high status of the American people. The implementation of acts such as manipulating illiterate mothers, infants taken by force, and the paying of young girls to have children are just a few ways that the naïve are taken advantage of (Hollingsworth 48:209). When Americans adopt children that were gained through these unjust acts, it is as if Americans are supporting the injustice, regardless of their previous knowledge of the existence of such situations (Hollingsworth 48:209). By stopping international adoption, these acts of injustice would not be able to continue and families would not face exploitation. Not only are families exploited but also the children involved. In poor countries, disabled children face discrimination along with older children. These children are often forgotten about, since the foreign adoption of these children does not bring enough money to corrupted governments (Wingert, vol.151). Gender discrimination is also taking place. Hollingsworth uses statistics to show this gender discrimination since in 1997, seventy-eight percent of the children
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