International adoptions in decline as number of orphans grows

“The closures are a result of concerns the children are not, in fact, orphans. Many of the top sending countries to the United States in the last 15 years, like Guatemala, Nepal and Vietnam have halted or suspended adoptions because of serious concerns about kidnapping and corruption.
“There is an inherent naivety about international adoption that it does an absolute good, but it is inherently a high-risk venture,” said David Smolin, a law professor at Samford University in Alabama, who adopted a pair of children from India in 1998 only to discover that they were stolen from their mother. “To not recognize that in the face of the evidence is almost criminal.””

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HONG KONG (CNN) — In April 1999, Laura Blitzer — a 41-year-old single university professor — decided to adopt a child. Fifteen months later the native of Brooklyn, New York, was in Hunan Province, China, holding her 9-month-old adoptive daughter, Cydney, for the first time.

“It was amazing to have her in my arms … I still cry when I see the tape of her being given to me,” recalled Blitzer. “I couldn’t believe she was mine.”

In 2007, Blitzer applied to adopt another child from China. Six years later, she is still waiting. “The estimate right now for me to receive a healthy infant is 2017,” she said.

After decades of steady growth, the number of international adoptions has dropped nearly 50% since 2004, despite the well-publicized explosion of adoptions from China in the 1990s, and high-profile adoptions by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie from Cambodia and Madonna from…

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