On Point Radio’s Tom Ashbrook looks into the Global profile of American adoption of kids.
Russia, Guatemala, and more are slamming the door on American adoptions. Is the great age of international adoption behind us?
Americans know international adoption well. Look around. There are families all over with adopted children from China, Korea, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Russia.
But the profile of American adoption is changing. International adoption is way down over the last decade. Down by more than half. Sometimes it’s a political change: Russia just threw the brakes on last fall. Guatemala is housecleaning its adoption process. China has decided it needs its girls.
And there are a hundred thousand children in the US foster care system ready for adoption.
The guests are:
Elizabeth Bartholet, professor of law and director of the Child Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School.
Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a non-profit focused on adoption issues. Author of “Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming our Families — and America.” (@adampertman)