Ethical considerations should play an important role in any adoption. International adoption is no exception. Over the last decade or so, there have been a lot of changes in the face of international adoption. Most of these changes have been positive ones mean to protect children from becoming victims of child trafficking. Most people pursuing an intercountry adoption are invested in ensuring that the rights of everyone involved have been protected, but many are not sure how to navigate the process in a way that does this.
In this article, adoptive mom Jennifer Galan addresses this issue. She identifies four primary areas in which you should be particularly vigilant: (1) Selecting a country, (2) being patient with the time required, (3) choosing an agency wisely, and (4) looking into your child’s background, and (5) completing as much research as you can about the process.
She advises, “Read everything you can about your country and its history. Learn the difference between legitimate adoption and child trafficking. Understand the difficulties and nuances of international adoption. Talk to other parents and internalize that this is far from a black-and-white issue.”