While we've made big progress in placing kids in adoptive families, we've done little to provide post-adoption support to these children and their families. When we don't provide such services, we guarantee that some families will dissolve, at great cost to children, parents, and taxpayers.
The case of a mother sending her adopted Russian child back could slow or even stop US-Russia adoptions. Russia was the No. 3 country for US international adoptions last year.
Experts in child kidnapping and global adoption hope that the Haiti incident involving American Baptist missionaries provides lessons for future disasters.
The US government has expedited orphan transfers after the earthquake in Haiti. But aid groups worry about trafficking children whose parents or other relatives still may be alive.