Well put.

Well written and thoughtful.

Russia’s recent law that prohibits the adoption of Russian children by United States’ citizens illustrates the enormous complexities of international adoption and exposes the multiple parties and interest groups that have a stake in the process.

Thus far, a single interest group that has a particular interest and agenda has dominated the discourse surrounding Russia’s adoption ban.  Namely, adoption agencies and organizations that represent adoption agencies are powerful; their money, media connections and access to lawmakers have fueled the construction of a legal system that legitimizes and promotes an agency-centric agenda.  Their massive media blitz condemning Russia’s adoption ban has silenced other stakeholders, legitimate voices seeking strategies that genuinely benefit abused, destitute and abandoned children.

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  1. People don’t want to hear complicated opinions thik what is written here on this (or really any subject). They want short preferably polarizing sound bites. Someone asked me my thoughts the other day, expecting me to roundly condemn Russia I am sure, and was shocked and quickly bored when I tried to actually give them my opinion that the situation is complicated. That improving foster care and in country adoption as well as orphanage conditions should all be done in addition to more social services to preserve the original family. I think in some cases (international or domestic) adoptions will still (and in some cases should) happen. But that there needs to be more disclosure to and training of potential adoptive parents and more post adoption support for the family including the adoptee.
    I know by the glazed eyes before I got much more than 30 seconds in none of it really registered.

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