The Ethics of International Adoption
September 17, 2013 1 Comment
I’ve been thinking a lot lately – perhaps as a form of procrastination? – about my post-dissertation research. I’m going to continue my research on Desmond Tutu, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ethics of adoption, especially cross-cultural and international adoption. The topic, in my opinion, is a clear example of the moral ambiguity of many seemingly “private” decisions when seen through the light of domestic and international politics and economics. On one level, the desire to give as much love as one can to another person by bringing them into one’s family is clearly a good that we could use more of in the world. On another level, there are myriad social, cultural, political, and economic realities that impact the way such love gets expressed. Some kinds of children get adopted more than other kinds, some people make “good” money by keeping the adoption business going, theology is increasingly becoming a factor in who gets adopted by whom and for what reasons, etc.
That’s why I’m glad CNN has begun running a series on international adoption:
And today I saw that a colleague wrote a post on the ethics of international adoption as she prepares to adopt a child from China.
For those who find the topic worth exploring further, I suggest The Morality of Adoption: Social-Psychological, Theological, and Legal Perspectives.
Anyways, if you see more on this topic appearing on the blog in the future you’ll know why.
*Update: A day after posting this article appeared as well: The Danger of ‘Orphan Theology’.