“There are four kinds of adoption—nefarious, forgivable, warranted, and praiseworthy.” —Judith Land, author & adoptee
There are many ways to adopt domestically or internationally either privately through a public agency or an intermediary such as a doctor or lawyer. Variations include closed adoption when records are sealed and no information about the birth family is shared with the adopted family. In an open adoption pictures, records, telephone calls and visits may all be allowed. Fostered children may later be adopted.
“Ethical issues arise in connection with the procurement of adoptable children, as well as their fair distribution. Should orphans be treated like scarce commodities or luxuries and distributed based on the adopted parents ability to pay? Should destructive behavior such as alcoholism and poor health be penalized? Should married couples and the corporate leader receive priority over the recluse or alternative life-styles? What are the consequences of giving one race, religion, region, or nation favored status and preferential treatment?” —Martin Land