Adopt U.S.

Whenever I think I have seen it all with respect to the brutal and heartless, a new case of human slime seems to rise to the surface to bear witness to its inexhaustibility and boundlessness.

One could not read but just the first page of [“False Prophet of Adoption” 9/3/09] without developing a genuine sense of sympathy for the people who were misled and summarily betrayed by this man.

My sympathy, however, also goes out to the thousands upon thousands of children here in the United States who are desperately seeking well-intentioned, loving moms and dads just like the ones introduced in Chris Meagher’s fine expose.

It is an unfortunate fact that parents-to-be every so often encounter problems with domestic adoption in the U.S., and this says something about our own country’s adoption policies. Fair enough, inter-country adoption across and outside our borders does provide for children in disadvantaged, sometimes unthinkable, conditions, and what good-hearted man and woman would not be attracted to that prospect of helping?

But thanks to the bad taste in my mouth caused by the article, the cynical part of me is forced to wonder if there does not seem to be an ever-increasing and fashionable Madonna-esque, Angelina Jolie-like enthrall and passion for the exotic and far-off; for the overall delight of “rescuing” a baby from a (so-called) third-world life and essentially ignoring children here. If that were not the case, perhaps a bastard like Orson Mozes would not have gotten away with what he did to the extent that he did. – Marc Garcia-Martinez

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