Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The World is Better with More Jadas

CNN notes that China adoptions to the US are way down from when we did ours in 2005: "Finding a Home: Fewer Children Up for Adoption in China." Here's the money quote, right in the middle of the article: "The Asian giant's growing economy has given more people the means to raise a child, so Chinese parents are less likely to give up their children. It has also become more socially acceptable to have daughters. In the past, Chinese rural families have sometimes been known to put daughters up for adoption so they can try for a son in a country where most people are allowed to only have one child."

This is unequivocally good news, that there are less economic and cultural barriers to childless Chinese families adopting babies and to pregnant Chinese families keeping their daughters. It's less that I'm saying that international adoption is less than ideal; moreso I'm glad to hear that baby girls are being more valued and cared for, rather than discarded, neglected, or aborted. Jada means the world to me, and I'm glad to hear the world will see more Jadas.
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