Wednesday, May 09, 2007

International Adoption on Fox News

The author is an adoptive mom but I don't know who came up with the title for this piece:

If Your Daughter Doesn't Look Like You, Are You Still Her Mother?
Angelina Jolie, Meg Ryan and Madonna. They all have children who don't resemble them, who aren't even the same race as they are, yet their kids know them simply as "Mom."

If your daughter — or your son — doesn't look like you, are you still their mother? This year, as we approach Mother's Day, it looks like more and more Americans are answering "yes" to that question. State Department statistics reveal that in the last decade, international adoptions have more than doubled from nearly 9,000 in 1995 to roughly 23,000 in 2005. And although we don't have any firm statistics for 2006-07, all signs point to a growing awareness of adoption.

But that doesn't mean there isn't still a great amount of misunderstanding out there.

As the mother of a toddler adopted from China, I’ve had my own experiences with the range of attitudes toward adoption.

My family has been approached many times in public places and asked whether or not my daughter was adopted and where she was born. It's a logical, albeit nosy question.


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