The Reality of Corruption
If you’re in any way associated with international adoption, some of the worst news you can hear involves the word “corruption.” Ugh. Knowing that there is enough bad information out there about international adoption, I hate to hear new news of scandals and corruption. A couple weeks ago, news broke that 16 people were on trial in Vietnam — where my wife and I adopted our daughter — because of unethical practices (some awful stuff) in more than 200 adoptions. Even though our agency wasn’t involved, and even though no one from our daughter’s province was involved, our hearts sank. We don’t want the unfortunate reality of corruption to cloud the miracle of adoption in the eyes of our friends and family, our daughter, or society at large.(Besides, our process was almost cut short when Vietnam closed to US adoptions because of, you guessed it, suspicion of wrongdoing in some Vietnamese provinces.)
Of course, we’d much rather these unethical practices come to light than stay hidden. We’d much rather the corruption at home and abroad be exposed so that the worldwide adoptive community can learn from it, seek to correct the wrongs, and move forward in a healthy and ethical way. It’ll continue to bother me when stories like these break, but maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe that feeling will remind me to do whatever I can to promote lawful and ethical adoptions so that no one’s family journey is marred by wrongdoing. Hopefully, those reminders (and the stories that inspire them) eventually grow fewer and farther between.