The Importance Of International Adoption

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International adoption has grown in popularity in recent years. This is due to a greater acceptance of adoption in general and transracial adoption. This growth in popularity makes questions about international adoption even more prominent. These questions demand answers and need to be addressed. There are concerns surrounding intercountry adoption such as a child’s rights being violated, loss of cultural identity, criminal activities surrounding it, and negative impacts on the sending country. However despite these concerns, international adoption should still be utilized but be considered temporary until a better alternative can be found. International adoption agencies should have to provide aid to birth parents and the sending countries …show more content…
The fact that international adoption provides a loving family for a child most of the time is a crucial point to acknowledge. A loving family for a child goes beyond just the happiness for the child. “Developmental psychologists explain how essential nurturing human interaction is for infants to develop normally,” (Bartholet). Children are unable get this in overpacked orphanages or institutions. “Compared with domestic adoptees, international adoptees had fewer total, externalizing, and internalizing behavioral problems and fewer mental health referrals,” (Miller). This shows that international adoption does no more damage to a child’s upbringing in fact this study shows that there are less recorded …show more content…
“Poor countries are often devastated by war, disease, and related chaos, making adoption additionally unlikely,” (Bartholet). Some countries are dealt an unlucky hand and are unable to care for their orphaned population on their own. The alternatives for children living in countries plagued by such things are often dire. They are forced into overpacked orphanages and institutions where they are unable to get the care and nurture necessary for their survival and success in life. “12.3 million children lost one or both parents to AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa,” (Roby 1). This is a statistic that conveys the devastation that can occur in countries causing them to become overwhelmed and unable to provide the necessary aid to everyone in need. In this area of Africa, extended families care for 90% of orphaned children, (Roby 2). This is the way these areas of Africa have dealt with orphans in the past. However, the AIDS/HIV epidemic is still a dire problem with new reported cases every year. These extended families can only care for so many children and each new mouth they have to feed sends them deeper into poverty. Domestic adoption is very rare in Africa because of the over abundance of orphans and the poverty that prevents most from even considering adding a new member to their household. “In Africa alone, the current number of domestic adoptions would need to be multiplied by

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