Saturday, August 02, 2008

Olympics and Adoption

Well, we all know that some of the speculation is that the Olympics may be one of the reasons for the slowdown. I believe that if that is so, they are doing it for PR reasons....here is an interesting report from Lester Holt at NBC News. This report doesn't address the Olympics being the holdup....but, it addreses the fact that there are less available children. This is exactly the PR I was talking about. The Chinese knew that the press would be exploring all kinds of stories while in China. They wouldn't want them to be saying that there our thousands of babies available. Instead..here is how the story shapes out.

3 comments:

JoAnn in NJ said...

Interesting bit of news.

That's actually the first time I've heard of China denying a diabetic. I knew folks that had cancer couldn't adopt again, but my agency would never say if diabetes was an issue.

Honestly, I don't know if that is true about the number of children being less, available...it feels like it could be true, but I also think that China began courting the Olympics in 2006, right when the slowdown started...

Are you planning a vacation this year or does the new job offer no time yet?

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kris said...

I saw this and wonder the same thing, but it's hard to say. I think part of the problem is orphanages that don't participate at all in IA, the fact that the orphanage donation fee has stayed the same since the inception of their IA program, and though I'm sure domestic adoption has risen, I can't imagine it has so much that it would slow down IA this much. I guess we'll have to see what happens when the games are over (which I plan not to watch in order to stand up for the people of China who have been put out of work for a month so that the air could be "cleaned up" in Beijing- not to mention the plethora of other human rights violations).