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Canada halts adoptions to Nepal

Posted by: Margreta (Maggie) Kerr

I am often asked why I do not facilitate adoptions, a question which I discuss more in depth on my website under answers to common questions. I firmly believe orphaned children should remain in the own culture if at all possible, among other family members or distant relatives.

I also feel strongly about this American idea that if only children are somehow “rescued” and brought to America, they are somehow being saved from this world of horror and poverty. We see that thinking in the American woman from Idaho who traveled to Haiti and rounded up children off the streets who she claimed were “orphaned”, transporting them to the Dominican Republic, another country entirely. She was promptly arrested for child trafficking. I’m sure she truly believed in some arrogant way that only Americans could care for these children, but the way this comes across to foreigners is just that, arrogance and this idea that America is the center of the world has got to stop. This is simply not true.

Of course, if children are truly orphans and no options are left, then I am in favor of international adoption, but only as a last resort.

The other reason I am against international adoptions is that they are basically fraudulent, and the majority of children are not orphans at all. Canada acknowledged this in the past week as they banned international adoptions from Nepal, saying that the adoption industry was rife with fraud, money making and even child stealing. Its a sad state of affairs, and I know many waiting adopting families are heart broken, but no mother should feel she has to sell her child to unscrupulous people who pretend the children are “orphaned” and charge thousands of dollars in Nepal alone for their “services”. Even more thousands, sadly, are spent by the American and Canadian adoption agencies, who know full well that most of the children are not true orphans, as much as they will deny it.

Thankfully, my Aastha House children have grown up in a loving family- like home, gotten the best care, proper nutrition, and the highest standard of education. I pray that all abandoned and impoverished children in Nepal will one day have the same kind of childhood. Until then, I will continue to take in more abandoned children and will continue to target the most impoverished populations in Nepal, the Dalit (untouchables) and begging communities, through scholarships, support for women’s income generating programs like Quilts for Kids (see programs), and my school lunch program in Gorkha district, Nepal, where we are feeding 50 children a decent meal every day, the only meal many of them will get, and hope to feed many more as donations allow.

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