Domestic vs International Adoption Essay

1403 Words Dec 10th, 2006 6 Pages
In today's society, the idea of adoption is an open and welcome one. However, the biggest decision in adoption today is whether to adopt domestically or internationally. There is a very large growing trend in international adoptions today. Compared to adoption rates in 1987, in 2004 international adoptions had risen over 200% as compared to an 8% rise in domestic adoptions. After World War II, international adoptions began to rise because Americans began adopting European and Japanese war orphans. However, this was not the only reason for international adoptions. Desperate poverty and social upheaval such as the one child law in China, are factors that have led others to adopt from Latin America and China. Also, after the Child …show more content…
In an international adoption both spouses will have to travel to whichever country the child is located. Families will have to stay an average of 3-4 weeks for processing in the foreign country. The length of the stay will vary depending on the country chosen. In some countries, families are required to travel twice. In some ways, international adoptions may seem more of a risk. The process of international adoption is often burdened with paperwork and is full of delays and poor medical information. When adopting internationally, one must consider many things. The first thing for a couple to consider is that medical information is sparse and often non-existent. Sometimes the countries of the child's origin have severe drug and alcohol abuse. It should also be known that children from overseas orphanages often exhibit attachment and emotional problems. Poor nutrition can lead to major mental and developmental problems. When it finally comes down to bring the child home, travel can be unpredictable and American citizens are not well received in many countries. Language barriers lead to communication failures, delays, and frustration. There can also be instances of significant and unpredictable delays in foreign countries. Also, couples run the risk of countries shutting down their adoption programs. However, domestic adoptions are not without risk either. In domestic

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