I sweep twitter for updates and found these: (click headlines)
In the United States, when others voice their confusion about why parents adopt, it is simple enough to smile and ignore it. In other cultures, that gap in understanding may not be so easily handled. I read the story of Matthew and Grace Huang, the Los Angeles couple sentenced last week in Qatar to three years in prison after being found guilty of killing their 8-year-old adopted daughter, with familiar sorrow. In January 2013, the Huangs rushed their daughter, Gloria, to a hospital in Qatar, where they lived with their three African-born adopted children. After her death, the couple was arrested and accused of withholding food and water from the girl for four days, which they deny….Qatari prosecutors suggested that the Huangs were child traffickers intent on selling their daughter’s organs.
In March, sending shudders through adoption agencies and would-be (US) parents, the State Department issued an alert about Congo. It warned that several children whose adoptions had already been approved by the Congolese government had been “taken from orphanages by a birth parent or relative,” indicating that those children were not orphans eligible for American adoption in the first place.
For families like Zhao and her husband who are facing fertility issues, adoption is now their only hope to have a healthy child. However, due to the shortage of healthy adoptable kids, many people have turned to an underground market to find children from dealers. While Zhao knew adopting a child would be a difficult endeavor, it was only recently she discovered it could be illegal. Zhao had heard the tale of 60-year-old Shen, a Shanghai native, who adopted a grandson from a single mother in the city’s Chongming county last year because her daughter was infertile. She was among 19 “illegal adopters” arrested by the Shanghai police in a crackdown in February.
and some good news!
We believe that children belong in families, not orphanages.
Since 2011, Reunite has been resettling Ugandan children back with their birth families. An estimated 80% of children in orphanages across Uganda have living, loving family members. These children have been lost in the orphanage system, trafficked for international adoption or kidnapped. In many cases, they are reluctantly relinquished when a family has no resources to provide for their own child. These families would love to raise their own children if provided the opportunity and resources, and it is Reunite’s goal to give them that chance. With minimal resources, 40,000 children could return home rather than whiling their days away in an orphanage.
Our goal is to preserve families rather than tear them apart, and we acknowledge that children deserve a chance with their biological family. Poverty should never be a reason to create an orphan.