Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Boost Foreign Adoptions

NPR, December 25, 2013

Amid partisan conflict in Congress, dozens of lawmakers from both parties—including staunch liberals and conservatives—have united behind a bill that supporters say addresses a heart-rending issue beyond politics: the millions of foreign children languishing in orphanages or otherwise at risk because they have no immediate family.

The bill would encourage more adoptions of foreign orphans, which have declined steadily in recent years, and reflects impatience with current policies overseen by the State Department.

“Every child needs and deserves to grow up in a family,” says the bill’s chief advocate, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. “While our foreign policy has done much to keep children alive and healthy, it has not prioritized this basic human right.”

Titled the Children in Families First Act, the measure has been introduced in slightly different forms in both the Senate and House. Its co-sponsors range from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a hero of the Democratic left, to Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., a favorite of tea party conservatives.

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As of mid-December, the twin measures had 32 co-sponsors in the House and 17 in the Senate.

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However, some House Republicans are skeptical about creating more bureaucracy, and there is sentiment in the Obama administration that some key provisions of the bill are not needed.

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{snip} The bill would create a new bureau in the State Department assigned to work with non-governmental organizations and foreign countries to minimize the number of children without families—through family preservation and reunification, kinship care, and domestic and international adoption.

Under the legislation, the processing of international adoption cases would be assigned to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, while the U.S. Agency for International Development would become home to a center dedicated to implementing a 2012 plan to assist children in adversity.

There’s no firm global count of children in orphanages, but they number in the millions. In Russia—which has banned adoptions by Americans—there are more than 650,000 children not in parental custody. In Kyrgyzstan—where foreign adoptions were disrupted for years due to corruption and political problems—orphanages are often ill-equipped, with limited specialized care for severely disabled children. In Haiti, where recovery from the 2010 earthquake has been slow, inspectors recently checked more than 700 orphanages, and said only 36 percent met minimum standards.

Much of the impetus for Landrieu’s bill stems from shifting views about the Hague Convention on Inter-Country Adoption. That treaty establishes ethical standards for international adoptions, which it says are an acceptable option after efforts have been made to have a child adopted in his or her home country.

The U.S. entered into the agreement in 2008 with strong support from Landrieu and other adoption advocates who hoped it would curtail fraud and corruption, and then lead to a boom in legitimate adoptions.

Instead, the decrease in foreign adoption by Americans—which started in 2005—has continued. There were 8,668 such adoptions in 2012, down from 22,991 in 2004.

“When I helped to pass this treaty, it was everyone’s hope that the number would go up—doubled, tripled, quadrupled,” Landrieu said. “Instead it’s down by 60 percent. That’s the best evidence I have that what State Department has in place isn’t working.”

There are multiple reasons for the decline—including increases in domestic adoptions in China and South Korea, and suspensions imposed on several countries due to concerns about fraud and trafficking.

However, many supporters of Landrieu’s bill believe the Hague convention has been applied too punitively, and that the State Department has been overcautious rather than working creatively to halt the decline. Several prominent supporters wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry on Dec. 18 asking that he investigate the matter.

The letter cites Cambodia as an example. The U.S. and other Western countries have banned adoptions from there since 2001 out of concern that the adoption business was rife with bribery and child-trafficking. Cambodia, which imposed its own ban in 2009, now says it has made needed reforms and is ready to resume international adoptions, but the State Department says the U.S. ban will remain in place because of continuing concerns about Cambodia’s child-welfare system.

Since 2001, the letter said, “tens of thousands of children in Cambodia have had no chance at a permanent family.” {snip}

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  • D.B. Cooper

    I work at an airport, and every week I see at least one bull d*%ish couple with their foreign, freshly adopted baby going through customs.

    • Max Krakah

      no child needs that sort of home

      • Katherine McChesney

        It will probably be sexually exploited.

    • Anna Tree

      My biggest contention with the normalization of homosexuality is the abuse done to children when there is adoption. Children have the fundamental right to have a mom and a dad, and better off with a married mom and dad (Please read “Love Isn’t Enough: 5 Reasons Why Same-Sex Marriage Harms Children” by Trayce Hansen.) Check the testimonies of grown up children from gay families like “Same-Sess Parenting: Child Abuse?” by Robert Oscar Lopez and “The sad side of gay parenting” by Dawn Stefanowicz’s.

      But of course, it is not only homosexual adoption that rob a child of a father or a mother (or his/her father and his/her mother or both), this happens also for children born of straight single parent adoption. Please read about Alana Newman, who defends children’s rights so children are not treated like manufactured goods, or watch the documentaries of Jennifer Lahl about the dangers of donating eggs.

  • Ella

    When you have layers of government, the costs always increase painfully for the adopter. Hague was another roadblock bureaucracy to stress out potential parents. Having a family already, I could not even afford a 35-45K adoption fee if we wanted to expand. These foreign governments also displace the sickest and mentally disturbed children onto Westerners, especially Eastern Europe. Yes, you can find a few minimal medical problems but some are just so severe.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Adopt White Afrikaaner babies!

      • Max Krakah

        what about the young adults that need an exit? Why not fix up matches on the internet.

        • DonReynolds

          They do it every day….only it is not adoption…..it is marriage. White women in this country have been cashing in on el-quicko marriages to foreign playboys for years. She gets the cash. He gets a green card. After a while they get a Vegas divorce.

          • Max Krakah

            That’s what I mean, why not have young white people here get hitched with young Afrikaners and bring them over, and their whole families, just like everyone else does.

      • bilderbuster

        You can then rub it in the liberal’s faces when you show off your adopted child from Africa.

    • DonReynolds

      Not a problem, Ella. Obamacare will cover them all for free and you will pay for it.

  • Luca

    And of course all our domestic orphanages are completely empty.

    Follow the money. Some politician probably owns a company that processes the paperwork at $10k a pop.

  • Because every woman needs a Hollywood handbag …

    • IstvanIN

      We have plenty of home-grown darkies available for adoption.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Little rotund one came up to me a couple of years ago outside a convenience store and asked me for a dollar. I told him I’d give him a nickel for every push up he could bust out. He just looked at me like I was crazy.
        But his little buddies cackled with delight, “Ha ha! That man ain’t yo daddy!”
        Well, depends on how much welfare money he sucks up, eh?

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Nothing like a adopting a black baby to show how cool ya are!

      • Max Krakah

        a bantu bangle

    • Spartacus

      Hopefully, many of them will be killed by their new pets.

      • Max Krakah

        coons become wild after adolescence

  • bigone4u

    Gays, lesbians, the Hollywood elite love this. They get a foreign kid to rape and molest. Meanwhile, the average young white family has to delay marriage and child bearing because of high taxes, the cost of private schools to escape diversity, and affirmative action leaving them with few opportunities.

    • Manaphy

      Despite all this, I believe whites need to have as many children as possible, because we need to preserve our race at all costs.

  • PROUD TO BE WHITE

    I have read with interest all the work, including the publications and broadcasts of the
    late and in my opinion the great Dr. William Luther Pierce. And I am inclined
    to agree wholeheartedly with him – one scientist to another. Who do we blame
    for Americas problems and those of the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia? Well
    we blame ourselves, we blame white people for tolerating the liberal poison. We
    do little to counter the poison! So long as we have a job and the latest gadgets
    to play with, a nice car and a credit card we are happy with life. So long as
    we can watch ball games and have a nice barbeque with friends we are happy to
    do nothing, but talk. We become totally anesthetized to the problems plaguing our
    nations until they land on our door step – literally. We will not change our
    predicament through the power of the vote. Democracy is now a complete failure
    on all levels! Too many people fail to understand that the right wing and the
    left wing are attached to the same plane and that plane has traitors for pilots.
    Adopting third-world children is just another sign of the growing sickness due
    to complete apathy of our people. So how do we awaken our people from their
    self-imposed hibernation? It will not be easy and it will take a complete catastrophe
    to do it. I think one is coming in 2014 and I hope I am right. We need a total
    collapse of the US dollar to precipitate such an awakening, and if the activities
    of the Obama administration are any indicator, the US Federal Government is
    preparing for major civil unrest as early as 2014. I am not an American and I
    do not live in the USA, but that gives me the advantage of not being distracted
    by details. I am able to see the forest rather than the individual trees. Be prepared
    and stay safe!

    • Sick of it

      The sick part is that the people without jobs or who have been converted into minimum wage workers still tolerate the whole crooked system. They’ve become terribly poor, while those who must not be named become obscenely rich and the welfare class lives high on the hog – All at their expense!

      • PROUD TO BE WHITE

        Many thanks for the comments. Years ago when the white-middle class in America and elsewhere were living very well they cared little about the problems plaguing their blue collar brethren. The general attitude of the white middle-class was total indifference. So what if someone from the third-world takes a low class job. It will not affect me, so why should I bother. I am secure in my occupation and no one from the third-world can take my job. I am university qualified and they are not. Well over the last decade many white-collar jobs in America and elsewhere in the fields of finance, engineering, science, medicine and many other disciplines have been sent to China, India and South-east Asia. Look at the number of industries that once dominated the American landscape only to disappear to Japan, China and south-east Asia. Many white college graduates in
        the US and elsewhere with good degrees in good disciplines can only look forward to a low paying job in areas already dominated by third-world labour. It is a classic case of social engineering designed to destroy white America. Lower the living standard of Americans while raising that of Mexicans – create a level playing field for all – the social engineering agenda of the New World Order. No politician in America cares. No Democrat or Republican cares about the plight of the average American citizen whether they be college trained or blue-collar. The attitude of the politicians is a simple one – who cares about an American voter when I can import so many more from Mexico and the third-world. It is why I believe democracy as an institution has failed all white Americans. It will not be too long before college graduates with good degrees start applying for food stamps and welfare. This may be happening already in the US.

        For me it is truly sad to see America as it is, when I can remember what it was before liberal lunacy took hold. Once upon a time America was truly loved and admired by all. For those of us in the English speaking world Americans were truly amazing – they drove on the wrong side of the road and they spoke with curious accents but they looked and behaved like us. Today America is a dangerous place for any white man who can think beyond the lunacy of the liberal.

    • Hal K

      we blame white people for tolerating the liberal poison

      Mainstream conservatism, including the GOP, is the real culprit. It is responsible for maintaining the illusion the left is being opposed when actually it isn’t except in trivial ways.

      See “Sam Dickson – 2011 NPI Conference” on YouTube. Here is a Wilmot Robertson quote from a recent Counter Currents article also:

      The modern conservative’s net effect on Majority members (he writes) is to anesthetize them into dropping their racial guard at the very moment they need it most. That is why, of all those who consciously or unconsciously oppose the majority cause, the modern conservative is the most dangerous.

  • Shadrach

    What about the WHITE children who need adopting!? Oh wait, White Children are ignored.

    • Alexandra1973

      What white children? We’re being encouraged to not have so many. Or to abort them.

    • Darwin_was_right

      The government does everything it can to PREVENT or refuse to allow Whites to adopt white children. It’s the worse case of racism currently in existence.

  • Pro_Whitey

    Why?

    • A Freespeechzone

      It’s about ’embracing BS diversity’!

  • puffdaddy

    So what – did you know there are plenty of US born, American newborns who are available for adoption? Yes, there are. It is not “impossible” to adopt a newborn baby in America, who is American.

  • DonReynolds

    This law should be called “By Any Means Necessary” since it shows the determination of both parties to add an increasingly significant foreign-born population to the United States. If we are going to outsource childbirth to China (or anywhere else), why do we need women at all in this country?

    • IstvanIN

      What happens when black males have a shortage of White women to rape?

  • MBlanc46

    Why don’t we just hang out a big sign saying, “Y’all come!”?

  • A Freespeechzone

    Just another way to eliminate the White population under the guise of ‘compassion’.

    Even some so-called Conservatives support this tactic to destroy us at a faster rate.

    • Anna Tree

      There is a great amren article about that “compassion”, i.e. pathological altruism. Here is a summary:

      From Pathological Altruism, by Barbara Oakley et al.:

      “PA is generally defined as a sincere attempt to help others that instead harms others or oneself, and is “an unhealthy focus on others to the detriment of one’s own needs.”

      “PA is likely when people “falsely believe that they caused the other’s problems, or falsely believe that they have the means to relieve the person of suffering.”

      “the false belief that one’s own success, happiness, or well-being is a source of unhappiness for others.” PA “often involves self-righteousness” and can result in “impulsive and ineffective efforts to equalize or level the playing field.”

      “glorifying altruism is both recent and Western.” “a society must have a certain level of material wealth before it can value certain kinds of altruism.” “only Europeans have decided “to elevate altruism above other culturally promoted ideals, such as tribal patriotism and glory-at-arms, which our ancestors considered paramount.” They have gone even further, extending tribal altruism to the entire world, though “some other cultures consider this Western quality to border on madness.”

      But the whites who say it is madness are accused of racism… They are told that “Humanity as a whole might benefit the most if individuals made no sacrifices for their local group.”

      Seems the whites are the only race who don’t know about the prisoner’s dilemma! They cooperate! But all the other groups don’t. Check that game theory: we lost, they win.

      Again from that book “if groups want to act altruistically towards other groups they should at least look for groups that follow the same rules.”

  • Anone

    Adoption is wrong. There are exceptions…for example, taking on the children of a relative or blending a family reconstituted from the death of a spouse. Taking on a strangers child is an arrogant self-deception and gross misunderstanding of what it is to be parents that almost always ends badly. At least, I’ve never seen an example where the adopted and the parents maintained that relationship much past adulthood, even when the adoption was of a baby. Lots and lots of problems were common. Adoption is not parenting. You simply cannot take on someone elses baby and magically have it be your child. Our culture is lying about this in a very big way. For every baby you adopt, you’ve pretty much decided not to have a baby of your own. Replaced your own, sacred line, with someone who never will be of you. Not quite as bad as abortion…but pretty close. We are so numb, the average person can’t figure out that is wrong. You have one child, instead of two because you adopt. That other child, precious and your legacy is LOST. How stupid is a person to give that up for disgusting liberal ideals.

    When it comes to negros though….this crosses a line from wrong to evil. Negros are monsters. Not only have you pre-emptatively given the place of one of your children to another, you did so for a monster…..something that can never be, anything but a great evil. Examples are legion of such monsters growing up to be nothing like the “parents” who raised them and committing the evil that is their nature, usually to the most handy victims…the vulnerable family members who took it in.

    Of course, to our everlasting shame the inverse is no common. Russia does not allow deluded white American from getting a child that looks like them in the hopes it will grow up to be “of them”. And the reason is we allow pedophiles access to adopted children for purposes of rape and exploitation by gays. Putin shut that down and got alot of flak over it. Quite frankly, the issue is serious enough to wage nuclear war over.

    We got off lucky.

    Alot is going to change in American society, either through reform or collapse. It has to.

    • dd121

      What you say is our evil social policy created by the left. Just look how Obama turned out. He was raised by his maternal grandparents who he termed “typical white people”. He hates them and all their kind but worships his black african communist absent father. It’s all very perverted.

    • Guest

      My biggest contention with the normalization of homosexuality is the
      abuse done to children when there is adoption. Children have the fundamental right to have a mom and a dad, and better off with a married mom and dad (Please read “Love Isn’t Enough: 5 Reasons Why Same-Sex Marriage Harms Children” by Trayce Hansen.) Check the testimonies of grown up children from gay families like “Same-Sess Parenting: Child Abuse?” by Robert Oscar Lopez and “The sad side of gay parenting” by Dawn Stefanowicz’s.

      But of course, it is not only homosexual adoption that rob once child of a father or a mother (or his/her father and his/her mother or both), this happens also for children born of straight single parent adoption. Please read about Alana Newman, who defends children’s rights so children are not treated like manufactured goods, or watch the documentaries of Jennifer Lahl about the dangers of donating eggs.

  • itdoesnotmatter

    I am not deceived. This is but another Trojan Horse maneuver by the New World Order White race replacement squad.
    Miscegenation at any cost.

  • mobilebay

    Why not make it easier and less costly to adopt the many American children who are waiting for a family? I’ve never understood why people must go through foreign adoption agencies.

    • Martel

      Jared Taylor’s book “Paved with Good intentions” informs about the difficulties white Americans face in adopting a black american born child. White babies simply do not come with the social status of adopting a black baby, hence there is less demand.

      • Alexandra1973

        Don’t worry, we have these Hollywood halfwits making it into a fad.

        (note the sarcasm)

      • pcmustgo

        bs, there is an incredible demand for white babies, hence why they cost so much more than black babies.

  • shmo123

    Since I read this headline, I can’t for the life of me figure out what possible interest (or role) the Federal government should have in the area of foreign adoptions. No wonder the approval ratings of Congress are in the single digits.

  • Larry Klein

    No doubt the legislation will provide the loopholes big enough to float a boatload of Tamil Tigers through. Needless to say Michelle Bachman is beyond naive on this one. The resettlement groups must be giddy

  • Darwin_was_right

    It’s even worse: As soon as the new-born cuckoo hatches and gains strength from being fed, it pushes ALL the mother-birds eggs out of the nest.

  • Magician

    I do agree that it is getting harder and harder for families who do actually work hard for their own living to have children

    but I do also think it is very stupid and irresponsible whenever I see very young white men and women get married in their late teens or early 20s and give births without putting the cost of raising the kids into consideration and end up divorcing a year later and the child ends up growing up being loved and taught by only one parent

  • John K

    Leave that to idiots like Madonna and Sandra Bullock. What, there aren’t any white American children in need of a home?

    Every year we send billions to Africa to keep them from starving to death; we can’t expect or demand that they stop breeding?

  • Terra Magnum Imperium

    The Cuckoo Birds have come home to roost.

  • scutum

    Less foreign adoptions are a good thing as most of these are third world “people of color”.