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Jesus Without The Junk: Making the Children Pay

By: Molly Painter

Going into 2013 the chilly relationship the US has with Russia just gotten chillier.  By now, we all know that President Putin just signed into law a bill immediately banning the adoption of Russian children by Americans.  Putin’s decision will target approximately 52 children, who were in the process of being adopted by Americans in the upcoming months.  The US states this move is politically motivated due to Obama signing into recent law sanctions against Russia for its human rights violations.  This move by our president has only deepened resentment by Russia toward us.  (Not to take Russia’s side, but before the United States goes casting the first stone, we need to back up and acknowledge our own recent human rights violation errors.)  So, these children and adoptive parents’ lives have been devastated so that one country can further alienate another.  What a move.
To this country’s credit, over the past 20 years, we have adopted 60,000 Russian children.  (Over 100,000 of their children are in state institutions.)  In fact, the most three popular countries for international adoption in 2010 were China (3400 adoptions), Ethiopia (2500 adoptions) and Russia (1100 adoptions).
Adopting children from Russia, China and Ethiopia is commendable but I also fail completely to understand it.  In September 2010, there were approximately 400,000 children in foster care in the United States.  Not all were adoptable because many were reunited with parents.  However, what about those that ended up in group homes or institutions?
 I understand that adoption is a lengthy process but when someone goes overseas, the costs can soar to thousands of dollars, not to mention the repeated trips overseas and the process can still take up to two years, if not more. 
Can adopting from overseas be that much easier?
I think we all feel for orphans in other countries but until things change, perhaps we need fully to focus on the children here that are staring us in the face and concentrate our efforts on them.  Don’t you think they are worth it?