In this discussion paper, I hope to open a door for reflection and discussion within the adoption community, meaning adoption agencies, support services, and adoptive and prospective adoptive parents. It is time to examine our underlying values and biases in adoption, and address how the adoptive system advantages some, while disadvantaging others.
Based on a workshop by Dr. George Annas titled "Ethics in a World Ruled by Law and the Market: Adoption, Assisted Reproductive Technologies, and Parenthood," which was part of the Ethics and Adoption Conference held Nov 3 - 5, ‘99 in Anaheim, CA. Dr. Annas is the Professor and Chair of the Health Law Department, Boston University School of Public Health. This is a summary of that workshop.
The permanent ban on adoption from Romania highlights the political nature of international adoption. Romania is a country from which many Canadians adopted throughout the 90s to 2001, when the government brought a moratorium into effect.
The Romanian government has faced pressure from all sides, from countries whose citizens are eager to adopt, and from the European Union (EU), which appears to have political biases against international adoption.