I've got this morning the weekly newsletter from Rainbow Kids and found this article. I've read this already in other newspapers and indeed it disturbed me a lot! So I wanted to share this with you. Because I feel that we as adoptive parents need to make sure that the right lingo is used between child trafficking and adoption!
There have been recent news reports concerning Rubiana Ali, the child-actress in the Oscar-winning movie, "Slumdog Millionaire", and her father's (Rafiq Qureshi) attempt to sell her to the highest bidder. It is important for adoptive families everywhere to speak-out against the use of the term "Adoption" in reference to this obvious case of child-trafficking. Too many major media outlets are reporting that Rubina's father was trying to "offer her for adoption for a price". We must never allow the very wide line between child-trafficking and adoption to narrow. Offering a child FOR SALE, to make a profit and without regard for the child's well-being, is child trafficking. Thoughtfully and legally placing a child into a loving home for the purpose of bettering that child's life, is adoption. There is a growing wave of anti-adoption sentiment sweeping the world today. As parents and advocates, let us stand ready to correct this misconception whenever it may occur.
(article adapted from Rainbow Kids)
How do you feel about this?