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Why International Adoption

Why international adoption? Why can't these children be adopted in their own countries? The answer usually has to do with culture and pressures from society.


One reason for international adoption is because of the tremendous prejudice many people living in third world countries have against children who have darker skin. Paradoxically, these children are the ones most likely to be available for adoption.

Couples who do adopt in many third world countries want children who most likely resemble them. Those children who are darker are left in orphanages and are typically available for international adoption. playing train

Stigma Against Adoption

Another reason why international adoption is common is because of the stigma against adoption. Children who are adopted in India have trouble inheriting from their adoptive parents, especially if no will was written. In Asian countries such as Korea, bloodlines are highly valued, and people tend to keep detailed records of their ancestors. These parents are reluctant to adopt children outside of their bloodline.

Also, television programs in Asia portray adopted children in a negative light as evil, manipulative tykes who destroy their families. Parents are reluctant to adopt out of fear their children will be teased in school.

There is also a stigma against infertility, and parents unable to conceive are considered a disgrace to their families. Parents who decide to adopt will sometimes fake a pregnancy, with wives wearing special pillows to make them look pregnant.

Stigma Against Single Mothers

Society's disapproval of unwed mothers in other countries is another reason for international adoption. A large majority of women who give their children up for adoption do so because society makes it almost impossible to raise children on their own. In Asian countries single mothers are considered untrustworthy and will be unable to find work.

In Latin American countries with a largely Catholic population, it is considered shameful to have a child out of wedlock. Single mothers who choose to keep their children face a life of disgrace and poverty.

Unwanted Girls

Unwanted girls are another reason why international adoption occurs. Infant girls born to poor families in India are killed at birth because their mothers can't afford the required dowries and weddings society requires. In China as well as India, women are under pressure to provide a son.

Women who can't bear to kill their daughters will often abandon them at orphanages in the hopes their daughters will have a better life.

More Helpful Information

Think you can't afford the high costs of adoption? We brought all three of our children home without going into debt, and so can you! Learn more.

Private international adoption is possible, but be aware that there are a lot of steps - and - paperwork involved. Learn more here.

Are you single and want to adopt? Many countries will still allow you to adopt even if you aren't married. Learn more.

Curious about how many parents adopted from what countries last year? These international adoption statistics will provide you with the overall picture.

You're thinking about building your family through adoption. After reading about the big adoption picture, are you still undecided whether to adopt abroad? Here are points to think about when considering Domestic versus International Adoption.

So what are the positive aspects of bringing a child home from overseas? Read here about the pros of international adoption.

But be aware that there are negative aspects of adopting internationally as well. Here are some of the cons of international adoption.

Have you ever wondered why your international adoption fee is so high? Here are some of the expenses that are part of your international adoption fee.

If you are thinking about pursuing international adoption, you want to be sure and choose the right agency. Here are some tips on choosing an international adoption agency.

Adopting a child from another country isn't always smooth sailing. There are risks involved in international adoption. Learn more here.

Have you ever wondered how international adoption began? You can read the big adoption picture on the history of international adoption here.

Nowadays, most international adoption agencies post pictures of children on the web, knowing a picture is a powerful way to connect children with families. But you should always proceed with caution before looking at any photolisting. Learn more about it here.

If you are single and wanting to adopt, more countries will now allow you adopt a child, including a toddler, sibling group, older child or disabled child. Learn more here.

Pursuing an international adoption without the help of an adoption agency is not only possible, but a great way to save thousands of dollars and keep you in control of your international adoption. Learn more.

Why can't these children be adopted in their own countries? The answer usually has to do with culture and pressures from society. Read more.

The Hague Treaty has been in effect for a few years now, so how has it impacted international adoption? Read more

International adoption can be one of the greatest things that can happen to you, but if you fall into the hands of an unscrupulous agency, you adoption dreams could become a nightmare. Learn how to protect yourself by clicking here.

Many parents pursuing international adoption are asked why they don't pursue a domestic adoption instead. There are many reasons why a domestic adoption is not always possible. Read more.

The hardest part of international adoption is the long wait to bring your child home. Learn one adoptive mom's tips for enduring the wait by clicking here.

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