by Caitlan Ruff, Legal Intern
Adoption in the United States has increasingly become a normal and acceptable way to build a family. Domestic and international adoptions in the United States are widely accepted ways to grow one's family and face limited stigma. Culturally, adoption is not as widely practiced or accepted in many other parts of the world.
National Council For Adoption believes every child deserves a family and that the best families for a child are often the ones near to them. We are strong advocates for intercountry adoption only when it is the best option for a child. However, we think that domestic adoption options globally should be a more available option for children. It is in the best interest of the child first to have a family, and next to avoid as much transition and trauma as possible. That is why when children can stay in families near them or within their same country or culture, we believe it is the best option for them.
NCFA has worked with several countries to help build a stronger and more accepting culture on domestic adoptions. NCFA has partnered with foreign countries to help find common goals in America and abroad that help create a positive culture of global domestic adoption. It is important for countries to work together and learn from each other so that we are able to find the best ways to improve the culture of adoption. The mutual exchange of child welfare experience between countries can help us to learn from one another’s strengths and mistakes, improving processes for children everywhere. The creation of policies, processes, and practices that help facilitate domestic adoption are some of the ways to positively change the culture of adoption globally.
To help promote domestic adoptions abroad, organizations like that work to facilitate in-country family care options are vital. Some positive examples of this collaborative effort to help children thrive in family care include Bethany Christian Services’ Global Services Program and Buckner International’s International Ministry Work which provide systems, financial support, community awareness, and more to help promote opportunities for children to remain within their own country and culture.
Children around the globe have the human right to a family. NCFA is committed to helping children find their forever family wherever it may be. Whatever is in the child’s best interest must be a priority in placing a child either domestically or internationally.
"A child welfare continuum should prioritize [in order]: family preservation, adoption by relatives, domestic adoption, and intercountry adoption – all before a child is relegated to institutional or long-term foster care."
Category Global Adoption