America, home of all those anti-abortion fanatics, has developed a bit of an international reputation.
The failure to keep track of what happens after children are brought to America troubles some foreign governments. So do instances of neglect or abuse that become known. Often cited is the case of the Tennessee woman who returned a 7-year-old boy she adopted from a Russian orphanage. The woman had cared for him only six months when she put the boy on a flight to Moscow in April 2010. He was accompanied by a typed letter that read in part, "I no longer wish to parent this child."
Late last year, Russia banned adoptions by Americans amid a broader diplomatic dispute. Other nations, including Guatemala and China, have also made the process more difficult. As a result, the number of foreign-born children adopted into the United States has declined from a peak of almost 23,000 in 2004 to fewer than 10,000 a year today.
Read the whole thing; it’s a long, multi-part exposé of shameful abuse of adopted children and terrifyingly bad government oversight. It seems that once you’ve brought a child over from a foreign country, or adopted one from American agencies, it’s fairly easy to renege on your responsibilities: using a short legal document, you can grant power of attorney for the child to just about anyone, and just hand them over, a process called “private re-homing” — it’s easier to swap a kid with a stranger than it is to adopt a pet from a shelter.
There are active bulletin boards on the net in which parents can, for instance, talk about their troublesome adopted child and ask if anyone would care to take them off their hands. Guess who loves those boards? Pedophiles and serial child abusers, of course. The deeper you read into that article, the more disgusted you will become.
Parenting is about commitment and responsibility. It’s a disgrace that the many adoptive parents who know that and do right by their children have to live with a system that also tolerates flibbertigibbets and attention-seeking frauds who want validation as a parent and contemptible sex offenders. This is a situation in which tightening up regulations and oversight can do no harm to the truly caring parents, but can also keep children out of the hands of creeps.