International Adoption Is A Growing Trend

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Imagine being a child living in a third world country and only being fed two meals a day that barely provide the nutrients needed to help one grow, along with receiving very little affection. Some people argue that international adoption, provides a key role in improving a child 's life. Although others believe international adoption creates many complications and should not be an option. Therefore, many believe adopting a child from an outside country or culture can be quite rewarding for both the parents and the child; however, international adoption deals with many concerns as well as serious challenges. International adoption is a growing trend around the world. It is an alternate way to create or expand a family; it is a lifetime decision and should be made very cautiously. After World War II (1939-1945) international adoption started to become popular in the United States. Americans started to adopt children who were either abandoned or had been orphaned during the war. Although the trend started to accelerate after the Korean War (1950-1953), when the South Korean government established an adoption program (“International Adoption”). Adoption programs tend to thrive after a war or a natural disaster has taken place. Many children that are abandoned or had been orphaned are either left behind to die or are brought to institutions. Hundreds of children live in institutions, although about 200,000 South Korean children are estimated to have been adopted by families in
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