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Addison Barnhardt

Good article in the May 10, 2010 issue of the New Yorker on International Adoptions. John Seabrook takes you through the process of adopting a Haitian child. Throughout the article he comments on the present state of international adoption. Here are some snippets, but I hope you will read.

"Since it's peak of close to twenty-three thousand adoptions, in 2004, the international adoption rate has plummeted by almost half in the U.S., to 12,753 in 2009. In 2010, the number is likely to be fewer than ten thousand, and by 2013 below seven thousand."
"International adoption is dwindling because no one can agree on what constitutes an ethical adoption."
"We wrestled with the moral issues of adopting from a poor country. We weren't going to pay a lawyer who pay a facilitator who would get us a child. We weren't going to bribe anybody. We chose to use Holt International because, in more than fifty years in the field, it has built a reputation for ethical conduct."

Some other names and titles from the article that might interest you... Mike Noah (president of Holt), Tory Ann Hansen, Hague Convention of International Adoption (1993), Babies Without Borders, Joint Council of International Child Services, "Lucky Girl" by Mei-Ling Hopgood, "The Language of Blood" by Jane Jeong Trenka, and "Daughter from Danang" by Gail Dolgin and Vincente Franco.

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