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Overseas Adoption, page 2

Adoptions have become big, and big business. Like the California woman who helped facilitate a controversial Internet adoption of American twins by a British couple. She also ran a web site called "I attract money.com." And that's apparently what many adoption fixers have been doing overseas. The State Department put an entire hold on adoptions from Cambodia this year because they feared baby sellers were preying on poor women who may not have been aware that they were giving up their children for good. The director of the adoption center at Bellefaire, Beth Brindo...


Brindo: With international adoption, one might say that that's even a little bit more difficult because it's happening half a world away. I sometimes say I think international adoptions are popping up in the community like mushrooms after a full rain. It's important that prospective adoptive families be informed consumers. Work with somebody who has a history; work with somebody who has a solid child-welfare background.

Each country and each agency does things differently. One organization brings children here. Kidsave is a Washington based non-profit that brings children from Russian or Kazakhstan orphanages to stay with host families in the U.S. for 6 weeks. A dozen Kazakh and Russian children ranging in age from 5 to 9 gathered recently with their host families for a picnic in Independence. Larry and Noreen Wiseman adopted their son this way two years ago. Now they're organizing such meetings. Larry says it's a good way for parents to get to know the kids first...



pictured from L to R: Gail Shulman, Noreen Wiseman, Larry Wiseman, Marty Shulman

Larry Wiseman: This program is trying to get the older children adopted- allowing host families or parents to have these children in their house for six weeks, and get adjusted, and it sort of qualms any of the fears that they might have about adoption.

Urycki: How many parents over the six week period, just don't make the connection with the children that stay with them?

Noreen Wiseman: There's probably--I don't know the percentage; they always try to have back-up families just because sometimes it doesn't work for the families or it just doesn't work for the child. Some of them do have hyperactivity and the family is not prepared for that. We do try to have backup families.


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