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Published: Sunday, May 4 2014 3:16 p.m. MDT

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Cedarcreek320
Star Valley Ranch, WY

This is a very nice story but why is it that couples, especially in Utah, insist on adopting children from other countries when there are so many children at home who need loving homes?

gauchograndy
Centerton, AR

Actually there is a long waiting list for families wanting to adopt a child with Down Syndrome in the USA, so that is why most go to other countries. Plus in these other countries children with special needs such as Down Syndrome are put in orphanages and if not "rescued" (adopted) before they turn 6 or so, they are institutionalized. That's not a slight to any of the needs of children here in America, but if you want a child with Down Syndrome (it's something so worth it), you'll most likely need to look outside the US.

K
Mchenry, IL

No there are not long lists of children in the US. Here children are placed with extended family and perhaps fostered for a time. There in Russia a one year and three year brother and sister would live in the same baby house but never see each other. Children are actually institutionalized in the room with other kids their age and gender. Most children who are free for adoption in the US are older than 10. There is competition to be chosen by a birth family in the US for infant placement. Even this older child was younger than most adoptable children in the US. People complain others adopt abroad. Why don't the complainers do so? There are parents who adopt teens, but usually they are veteran parents, not childless parents or parents of young children who typical adopt younger children. Adoption isn't commercialism, it's not humanitarian. It is adding children to the family. Doesn't matter where the children are born so long as all governments are in agreement that it is done properly.

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