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Should couples be banned from adopting children overseas?

Adopting is been around for quite some time. Those who want more kids, those who cant have kids, but want can do adopting. Modern technology has other options but adopting is one of the commonly used. However, after hearing few stories about kids being taken from Russia, Ukraine, Mongolia, Haiti etc, kids are no necessarily going to a better home. Should the country that gave birth to these babies be allowed to give them up for others? And if yes, is that any way or world balancing it self ( population ratio) ? Or is there nothing to adopting overseas, because a human is a human no matter which ethnicity they are?

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    Aug 28 2011: Should you be banned from adopting kids from the next town?
    Should folks in Arkansas allow a couple (?nnedn't be couple surely) in Orange County to take their children?
    I think you're placing arbitrary geographic barriers on an issue that are irrelevant.
    It's one World, and globalisation applies to everything... call centres, healthcare, adoption, brides, whatever....
    OF COURSE, the question fo REGULATION is massively important. Regulation matters hugely, but the question of geography is a red herring.
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    Aug 29 2011: I have pondered this question the last ten years. While adoption can take on many forms, there are certain happenings that concern me. While many foster kids in America eventually find nice families and homes, many do not. And I hope that those families going abroad to adopt a child to bring home to the states are not ill intentioned with their decision to pass up an American child who needs a loving home. One study that surveyed 10 couples that adopted Chinese Children, (8 girls 2 boys) stated that the number one reason for no adopting domestically was that the American child would have baggage that the couple did not want to deal with. Sad.
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      Aug 30 2011: Wow, you know the harsh reality of a fact is, you cant argue with it. SO when you mentioned survey.. That's.. as you said sad.. I , my self don't usually trust surveys.. But i still pay attention to what they represent..
      Thank you for sharing an interesting point!
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    Aug 28 2011: I am not saying the main fact of the adoption has something to do with world population or ratio. I just mentioned it. Sometimes, asking questions or starting a debate i get carried away, so forgive me if i confused anyone with that statement. I really liked what you all said though. Great points.
  • Aug 28 2011: Wow, interesting! I have read so many articles on black market babies, child slavery, black market adoptions, etc., etc.,! This is a very tough world problem. The only humans that are hurt, are the innocent children. Blessed are the few that are ACTUALLY adopted and given a free and loving life!! This world problem will never be solved. Population ratio? Seriously?? With respect to you Miss Yana, thank you!
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    Aug 26 2011: A human is a human. If an orphan could not survival in his country, why not take him to a better enviroment?
    But if one can afford the kid, there is no reason to abandon him.
    So we need to analyze the problem in two eyes.
    All we are doing is to help the kids.
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    Aug 26 2011: Given appropriate criteria, adoption is a good thing...

    Orphans are better of with (good) foster parents, no matter where they come from.

    Even if 10% don't get a better home, the 90% others do get one... (arbitrary numbers)
    It might be better to first take care of 'local' adoptions... though living in a global world, it would not seem a true problem.

    As for population arguments: watch Hans Roslings' talks and his conversation: population arguments are not quite a valid argument (i.e.: overpopulation is not a likely event unless you think 1 billion people is an urgent necessity)
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    Sep 5 2011: no!!! but one question is that a necessary that adoption should be only for orphans or other kids willing to change their parents for a change?? Think about it.. i think mine is the idea of the century...
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    Aug 26 2011: No the regulations should be stricter thats the solution for a healthy adoption system.