A couple adopting a little girl from Taiwan was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer this week. The article, written by adoptive father and reporter Jeff Gamage, examines the changing landscape of international adoption and the impact it is having on families and adoption agencies.
“In the last three years, the once-stable universe of international adoption has turned upside down, as the countries that routinely sent thousands of children to U.S. homes have limited the pool of potential parents, reduced the number of children who may be available, or closed their programs entirely.
“The big ones have all fallen apart,” said Heather Peters, director of human resources for Yoh Services L.L.C. in Philadelphia. “Vietnam’s gone. Guatemala’s gone. China might as well be gone.”
That’s pushing couples to consider less-established programs in smaller countries – a significant change in the way thousands of Americans have built their families during the last two decades.” – Read the full article at the Philadelphia Inquirer, March 1, 2009