While its great to adopt children in Russia, There are plenty of children in the
US that are looking for a home as well.
Estimates are over 100,000 children in foster care in the United states are
available for adoption. Why are these children overlooked in favor of children
from other countries?
I am glad this article mentions the problems with reactive attachment disorder
(RAD). We adopted 2 siblings who were aged 2 and 3. The younger is now 16 and
is thriving. The older has been very difficult. I understand why that
Tennessee mother sent her son back to Russia. Our child created chaos in our
home. At one point he pulled a knife on my wife and threatened to stab her.
And we could find no therapist who knew how to deal with this until we found
Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks where our son now attends. This school
specializes in attachment disorder and 90% of their students are adoptees. Our
son is making great progress here and we finally have hope that he will be able
to live a healthy, productive life. It is only through the blessings and
miracles from our Heavenly Father that we have been able to get through this
experience and put our boy on the road to healing.
Adoption is a very personal experience for each parent. Speaking from my own
experience, I adopted from another country because that other country is where
my heart and soul told me my daughter was. I was correct and our beautiful
daughter is a tremendous blessing and has brought us unspeakable joy and it is
no different as if she had been born to us. It is a wonderful and most blessed
thing for parents and child when there is an adoption involved, whether from
this country or any country. ALL children deserve loving, forever families. I
find it interesting when people comment and say "why go elsewhere when there
are children here to adopt?" Because usually those people haven't
adopted from anywhere at all. "Truth in all its forms" and "Nana
Sid," just how many children have you adopted from our country?
It is unfortunate that the policies of the Russian government are willing to
sacrifice unwanted Russian children on the alter of political chest-thumping.
God bless those willing to carry on the fight to adopt in the face
of almost impossible odds. With any luck they will eventually be successful in
helping the children. Meanwhile, there is wisdom in doing what
they can for children in foster care in the US.
@Nana Sid - To add to what other people have said, many of the orphanages in
these other countries are terribly under-funded, and the children live in very
poor conditions. While I know it's no picnic for orphans here in the US
either, children in most of those countries will probably die in the orphanage,
or develop other health/behavioral issues because they simply don't get the
help/care/attention they need. Plus, the adoption process is a
little easier in some of those countries...