The Changing Landscape of Adoption

Posted: March 3, 2009 in Adoption, Taiwan

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

  1. Judy K. says:

    Hey – I know that couple! They’re great folks and we’re blessed to have them as friends.

  2. Cindy says:

    Yes, I thought I had seen them on your blog once or twice. . . I hope they hear news soon of a final decree for their sweet little girl. – Cindy

  3. Sara says:

    That article gives mixed feelings… sadness for the changing landscape and children languishing in places/limbo with little hope for a family of their very own and happiness for this couple who has found their little one and who will be placed in her family hopefully soon.

    Sigh… too many emotions at once right now, that hits way too close to home. So excited we are going to have our little one home, yet so scared it won’t happen…. must have faith. =0)

  4. Sarah k says:

    Wow… Taiwan is making more and more adoption news, that is great! This little island has quickly became the country to adopt from. I can’t imagine my life had God not led me to the Formosa. The people and their culture have changed our family forever for several reasons. Adoption through Taiwan has touched our family and continues to touch our family from day to day without fail. For a while it was the best kept secret in the adoption community and now it has become the little country turned hero during the (what I like to refer to as) “the adoption change crisis” of the decade. All I can say is that Little Formosa sure has made it’s mark!!

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