From the title – right through to the highlighted quotes below – the focus is on a critical shortage, versus, isn’t it great that less children are needing adoption.
Adoption is societies method of ensuring a child has a family to grow up in, and it is a good solution. Of course, adoption is also a way for people to become parents and have a family, but that is, and has to be of secondary importance. If not, then the child is a commodity, and we aren’t commodities, we are human beings.
The title set me off, and then obtaining quotes from those, who, without adoption would have no job, seems biased. Go read the short article linked above, and then come back, and combined with the overall tone of the article, look at the language used (bolding mine) and tell me they aren’t seeing children as products.
Even before Russia acted in December, children available for U.S. adoptions have hit record lows, as countries restrict adoptions and fewer kids born in the USA are available.
Yet even domestic adoptions are a growing challenge, said Jenny Pope of Buckner International, an adoption agency, because as single parenthood becomes more acceptable, “there are just not as many women placing their children for adoption.”
As a result, the number of U.S. infant adoptions (about 90,000 in 1971) has fallen from 22,291 in 2002 to 18,078 in 2007, according to the most recent five-year tally from the private National Council for Adoption. The group’s president, Chuck Johnson, expects the number has remained fairly stable since 2007, citing efforts to promote adoption.
“The options are far fewer for families,” said Jennifer Doane of Wide Horizons for Children, an adoption agency.