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?
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.
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.