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  •  I wish the adoption rules were designed more (0+ / 0-)

    towards putting kids in permanent homes than the mess we have now.  It simply should not be as hard as it currently is.

    People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. Rogers Hornsby

    by dizzydean on Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 10:14:28 PM PST

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    •  Yes, foster homes are a mess (1+ / 0-)
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      The money motive is far too important to many foster parents.

      But reducing the number of unwanted children is the best way to ensure that those who do need adoption will get the best.

      •  OK, but, having researched the adoption process (2+ / 0-)
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        extensively (I live in PA; my wife and I cannot have our own children), I can say that the uncertainties of the foster programs, the rights that the birth parents maintain and the costs in terms of time and money are detrimental to getting kids into homes.  

        Totally understandable to have safeguards to ensure that the kids don't wind up in abusive situations, but the current process is just a mess and a disincentive for American parents to adopt locally as opposed to looking overseas.

        People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. Rogers Hornsby

        by dizzydean on Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 10:28:45 PM PST

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        •  Adoption isn't for the feint of heart. (1+ / 0-)
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          But as a parent who has adopted both locally from the foster care system and overseas,I offer you every encouragement to keep at it. When you are in the process,especially at the start,it seems like it will never end,every obstacle seems nearly insurmountable. But surmounted they can be. Foreign or domestic,the adoption process is convoluted & complicated. Good practice for parenting.

          "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

          by tardis10 on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 11:15:49 AM PST

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