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  •  it may help American children needing homes (2+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, koNko

    since, if we were to be honest, Russian and Eastern Euro adoptions are usually people wanting a healthy white baby.  Now what they get is another matter but there are plenty of special needs, minority race and older children and sibling groups in desperate need of a home without US parents having to go abroad to find a child

    •  I am not really inclined to entertain nationalism (3+ / 0-)
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      pgm 01, lgmcp, koNko

      as an important metric in adoption. Family friends of ours adopted from Columbia. They were not looking internationally for a white baby (and didn't get one, they welcomed a little brown boy into their blindingly white home).

      Most adoptive parents just want a child and they want their child as quickly and as affordably as possible. And usually the process is anything but quick and affordable. If crossing a border accomplishes that to a degree, good for everyone.

      Letting Russian children stay in orphanages to shoehorn parents into taking an American special needs child or a child of color is not an ideal solution in my opinion. Particularly if the adoption ban is just using kids as political battering rams between US and Russian on other issues.

      "The marriage fight is over when we say it's over, and it's over when we win."—Dan Savage

      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:56:58 PM PST

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      •  having adopted 2 children some years ago (1+ / 0-)
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        I have seen something of the underbelly of the adoption business.  I would say that to characterize adoption of a special needs child as "shoehorning parents" shows a lack of understanding of the dynamics at play here

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