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Celebrity Adoptions: Domestic vs. International
After reading about the famous Jennifer (JWOWW) Farley’s plan to adopt a child from Chile or Spain it made me ask myself a question. Why do so many celebrities overlook American children when it comes to adoption? Is it because there is an idea that because these kids come from unfortunate circumstances, that they are juvenile delinquents – that couldn’t be farther from the truth, they are just as viable as any other child?
Why don’t they adopt babies from their own country? Are they doing it just to look good – as a public relations ploy? How come the stars get to cut in the front of the line, so to speak, when countless hopeful adoptive parents must wait, and wait, for their chances? Of course there’s that fear for celebrities the birth parents will come back and protest in a domestic adoption, but even stars such as Madonna found out the hard way with her son, who was adopted from Malawi when his father protested the adoption.
The misconceptions about the well-being of the children, and the time and cost involved in domestic adoptions, may lead prospective parents to look overseas first, but according to Adoptive Families Magazine, the estimated cost to adopt a child in China is $20,000 - $25,000. The estimated cost for Guatemalan adoption is $25,000 - $30,000, and a Russian child is estimated at $30,000 - $40,000. According to the National Council for adoption, domestic costs range from $8,000 - $40,000, so adopting overseas has no real cost benefit. As far as the comparative speed and expediency of celebrity adoptions – it’s a money issue more than anything else. Stars are usually at a huge economic advantage.
It’s not that we don’t understand the conditions a lot of these oversea children are living in. Some are held up in warehouses, infected with diseases, starved, or even dying, but so are the American children that anxiously wait to be loved and cared for.
There’s no denying the stars’ actions are influencing others. In fact, the popularity of adoption among celebrities has been credited with helping to broaden the general public’s definition of what constitutes a desirable adoption. It seems as though it’s trend setting for celebrities, an exotic accessory or novelty item, rather than a child. It’s the hip thing to walk around with an international child, but truth be told, we’ve got a serious adoption problem in this country.
One hears rumors about certain actresses who’ve sought to adopt because they want to avoid the toll pregnancy takes on a woman’s body – but no one’s about to admit that publicly. As for the well being of American kids versus their foreign counter parts, again, why don’t they adopt kids from their own country? America needs all the help it can get. Why help another country before your own?