An often heard refrain in the adoption community is that, if my government is allowing the adoptions to happen then they must be ethical.
Makes sense but here is some information that makes me question this assumption.
1. Canada suspends all adoptions from Liberia over a year ago over ethical concerns. Adoptions continue from the USA until just recently when the adoptions are stopped by the Liberian government.
2. A couple of years ago adoptions from Vietnam close in Canada but remain open in the USA, now the situation is reversed.
3. Adoptions from Guatemala to Canada stop a couple of years ago due to concerns. USA does this a couple of years later but seemingly only because the Hague treaty came into force.
How does one explain these inconsistencies?
Well there is this comment from E.J. Graff (journalist responsible for a recent series in the Washington Post) that worries me deeply.
Governments often do know what’s going on (you should hear what I’ve heard from some of them!) but they cannot act until they have an overwhelming amount of evidence of wrongdoing–much of which they cannot make public, out of conern for the families’ privacy. The stories I’ve heard of birthfamilies asking for their child back, after it was adopted to another country, just make the hair on the back of my neck stand up in horror.
I have no reason to believe Ms. Graff is just making this stuff up and since it fits quite well with the pattern of decision making that goes on in the IA world it is just very believable to me.