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What about the dads?

Joyce never considers fathers in her criticism of international adoption. It is as if fathers are second-class parents. An obvious analysis is the lack of fathers in adoptees’ birth families.

David Weir

Nashua, NH

Sep 18 2013 - 2:10pm

The Evangelical Adoption Crusade

I am an advocate for adoption.

I have three adopted children. Two were adopted domestically in the US and the last one was adopted from Ethiopia. This Mother’s Day marks one year since our daughter Zenebech has been with us.

I advocate adoption because it’s the right thing to do. There are millions of children in this world who don’t have parents. There are 5 million orphans in Ethiopia alone (number not recently verified).

Adopting children is not easy. Nor is it easy to raise your own biological children.

Whether a person is Christian (my husband) or Jewish (me), all that matters is that you want to have and raise a family.

Unfortunately, there are always going to be people who try to reap value from a system. Where they see a void, they will take advantage. There was a void in the adoption system in Ethiopia. There needs to be safeguards in place, but to dissuade people from adopting internationally or at home is wrong.

Marla McCutcheon

Irvine, CA

Apr 22 2011 - 2:13pm