International adoption can be a sticky subject

Filed under: Adoption, Development/Milestones: Babies

There's been a lot of stories in the news recently about Madonna's adoption of a boy from Malawi. Although there's a lot of controversy about the adoption going on right now, the issue of adoption, race and religion is an important one.

According to this snippet (I couldn't access the full article because I don't have an upgraded account) I found, Canada is in need of Muslim foster parents.

Honestly, I never even thought about the religious and cultural needs of children that are in the foster care system. But, it makes sense. A Christian, Jewish or Atheist family may not be able to provide what the child needs in regards to cultural and religious guidelines for a Muslim child.

To be honest, these stories that are coming out about the cultural and religious issues in international adoption interest me for a very personal reason.

I've always had a desire to adopt a child. Once I made friends in college with a girl adopted from South Korea, I decided that one day, hopefully, I could adopt internationally. Just recently I've started feeling the twinge to want to eventually adopt another child to add to our family.

Even as I've told friends and family of my desire to eventually adopt (read: in a few years) a toddler, I've seen the reactions. From odd silence to "you should adopt one of your own here, not go out and try to save the world," I've seen it all.

I understand the concerns; if something ever happened to me, I would hope that my children, should they end up in foster care, would live with people that share our same religious values. But, at the same time, I would want for my children to live in a loving and caring home, regardless of religion or culture.

This is obviously a sticky and sensitive issue, but what do you think? Do you support international adoptions? Should there be any guidelines when it comes to issues of culture and religion?


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