Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Daily Rant

Time magazine reports that in 2005, 22,000 immigration visas were issued for foreign-born orphans adopted by U.S. families which is up from 1995’s total of fewer than 9,000 (Time, March 20, 2006). I am sure it is difficult to adopt a baby and although I don’t know if it is more difficult to adopt a child from another country or one from the U.S., the fact that there are tens of thousands of children in the U.S. living in foster homes or waiting or needing to be adopted and yet the government allowed 22,000 children from foreign countries to be adopted by Americans is ridiculous. Even more troubling is that considering the problem that so many children are being adopted from foreign countries while so many children right here in this country need to be adopted, numerous advocacy groups are pushing for tighter abortion restrictions.
Before I continue I will say that I am Pro-Life and that I believe that once a child is conceived a soul exists that will grow into a person, but you can not advocate forcing women to keep unwanted pregnancies and not have a plan or system in place to care for these tens of thousands of children. If women can not have an abortion and must have a child that they either do not want or are unable to keep, the newborn child born in this country should not have to wallow in child services, foster homes, or orphanages while 22,000 kids from foreign countries find a home here. The Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice debate should not end once the child is born, that child still needs a home. I don’t get it; maybe it is a status symbol to adopt a child from a foreign country; celebrities like Angelina Jolie can’t seem to adopt enough children from around the world while ignoring the ones here.
This is just another example of people trying to solve the world’s problems while ignoring the ones at home. I applaud anyone who takes an orphan into their family or who adopts an unwanted child; they are giving the gift of hope and family to someone who does not have it, and I applaud them for doing so whether it be for a child born here in America or born in another country. But, so long as even one child in this country has to go without the opportunity to be in a loving home while 22,000 children from foreign countries are adopted by families here in the U.S., our government has to reevaluate its position of allowing so many visas to be issued, and Pro-Life advocates must include a focus or plan on what happens to the children who are born to mothers who do not want to keep their child. We can not find a home for every unwanted child in the world, but maybe by tightening immigration laws that allow 22,000 children to be adopted from foreign countries we could find a home for 22,000 children who were born in the U.S. who never had the chance for a home.
According to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, in 2002 there were 134,000 children in foster care waiting for adoption. By limiting the number of visas issued to adopt children from foreign countries we have the chance to find a family for children born in this country who otherwise would not have a home.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH my goodness, Publius, for the most part we agree on this one! From my limited understanding of the adoption situation here in the States, it IS significantly more difficult to adopt an American child than it is a child from another country. It also, thanks to celebrity adoptions like Ms. Jolie's, more trendy to adopt children from another country. Why have a plain, old, boring American kid who needs a home, when you can have your choice of Asian, Nigerian, Irish, Russian or many other choices? Just another way for the vain to feel they are "interesting." I'd be interested to know what you think about homosexual couples adopting. So many of them want too, and are stymied over the perception that they'll "give the kid Gay." By preventing these couples from adopting, imho, we are preventing more kids from growing up in loving homes.

Thu Mar 16, 05:32:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

I have limited knowledge of adoption laws so I don’t know for sure. Can single people adopt children? Can single gay people adopt children? I know they let homosexual people adopt, I think Rosie O’Donnell has a whole slew of adopted kids, so I don’t know why a gay couple could not adopt a child. A gay couple would not be my first choice to place a child into their custody but even a non-traditional home is better than no home at all.

Thu Mar 16, 10:36:00 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Near as I can tell, the difference between children in need of adoption in the United States vs. those adopted overseas is that people want to adopt babies, not older or challenged children. Apparently, healty US babies are snapped up immediately.

Sat Mar 18, 09:10:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

But, if healthy U.S. babies are snapped up immediately then there would not be thousands upon thousands of children in foster care looking for a home because they were not adopted. Unless you are saying that there must be something wrong with all these children, then I am still going to make the argument that couples in the U.S. who want to adopt should adopt children here in their own country before doing the “hip” thing of adopting a child from a foreign country.

Mon Mar 20, 10:55:00 PM  

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