Is being a homeless, drug addicted prostitute in America less tragic?
Is it easier to be homeless, drug addicted, selling your body for food, drugs, shelter in America? Is it somehow less tragic to end up a homeless, poor, drug addicted, prostitute in America? Is it because America's streets are paved, while many other countries have dirt roads?
Is it less cold in the winter in Minnesota, New York, Illinois, Washington, Idaho than it is in China, Russia, India, Vietnam, Korea, Guatemala, Mexico, S. Africa?
Is poverty "better" in America than it is in other countries? I'm just wondering since this is a main argument in support of IA. Though I'm not opposed to all IA, the US Govt's issues Adoption Alerts to caution American citizens about adopting from certain countries b/c of fraud, trafficking, etc.
So please enlighten me, is it because poverty is worse in other countries that we should adopt internationally rather than adopting from foster care in spite of the stats on children who age out of foster care?
"In a study of children who had “aged out” of foster care, researchers found that within 12 to 18 months of turning 18 & leaving foster care, 27% of males & 10% of females were incarcerated, 50% were unemployed, 37% had not finished high school, 33% received public assistance, & 19% of females had given birth to children."
RB. I appreciate your points & agree:stats are worse:the poverty more desperate:the opportunities fewer.
LT & ABR1: Thanks for adding your voices. IT MATTERS GREATLY to hear what you have to say!
MamaKate: Thanks for sharing your POV. I totally agree!
IndianVision: Grateful 2/u for joining in! You & other IA'ees especially have an important voice in the discussion! Glad you're here!
Angela:Y assume I don't do research? I've traveled to other countries too. What is the point of asking Qs? These Qs & the dialogue created-whether or not we agree-lead to research & to sharing our knowledge & experience.
Take 1 child out & how many 100's of 1,000's are left behind? It solves nothing for those kids. Unhealthy kids won't likely be adopted. $30-$50k would take care of kids in an orphanage 4/perhaps a year?
In SOME IA there is "baby buying" or child trafficking per the US Govt. Tho certainly not ALL IA.
It's somewhat disingenuous to argue that "I'm only saving a child in terrible poverty" yet do nothing but take 1 child home b/c really, all the PAP wanted to do in the 1st place was adopt a child. (this does not apply to all IAP's, incl. RB)
When really some PAP desperately want to adopt a baby, any baby, especially one that doesn't come with ties to their birth families. I've heard those actual words come out of PAP's/AP's mouths.
This does not negate YOUR experience. This does not mean there should be no IA from any country. Many AP's do adopt for the right reasons. I'm saying be honest and I'm saying that no life has less value.
And while LT may have been an adult @ 18, as a female, she could no more protect herself from rape or assault by a grown man or group of men on the str. than a young girl can.