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Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, tells the story of how he and his wife found true love with two tiny strangers from the other side of the world. In Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption, he shares the anxieties, along with the joy, of adoption, and includes the stories of other adoptive families.

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Comments [9]

annie from southport

Maybe Becky will soon find something constructive to do....We can hope

Sep. 15 2010 10:33 AM
g.ryce from New York

Some of these comments belie the notion that WNYC listeners are on the more intelligent side of the demographic curve. Becky should spend a week in the urban poverty that houses thousands of kids whose parents don't have the means to support them. They live among drug gangs, smugglers and corrupt officials at every level. Their nutrition is terrible, health care is scarce and the prospects for survival are dim. Domestic adoptions in the US have there own major pitfalls for those who are opposed to "cross-cultural" adoptions. As one example, in many states, a bio father can materialize from nowhere without even knowing he had fathered a child, and take back an adopted child even years after the adoption. Think/learn before you speak. (and Miles O'Brien did not say, "...what do you just call it dim sum". Listen again.

Sep. 14 2010 07:41 PM
Liz from CT

As we were adopting our now teenage girls in China, my Shanghai -born husband was told over and over by perfect strangers what "lucky babies" our daughters were. One man at the airport told us he wished we could adopt his grandson as he knew life in America would be better. I was also asked if our daughter would be able to learn to read and to go to school. My take: if you don't have a family in China to take care of you, life is not so great. I doubt you learn much "culture" either. Because of societal changes, adoptions from China are waning, and more Chinese families are adopting too. This is all good, but our children from China are indeed "lucky babies," and now,
lucky and lovely Chinese-American girls.

Sep. 14 2010 05:12 PM
jgarbuz

Orphanages have gotten a very bad rap over the last generations. Many people grew up in orphanages to become very stable and productive individuals.

Many if not most of these well-to-do adopters are just justifying their own self-gratifications and failure to procreate earlier when they could have or should have, but chose their careers instead of "being fruitful and multiplying." So later, they delude themselves into believing they are doing something good and noble. They are just satisfying themselves, sometimes at the chagrin of other far away relatives who silently weep over the offspring or descendants that their bad fortune forced them to let go of.

Sep. 14 2010 02:06 PM
Janice

Is it not better for "wealthy Westerners" to adopt these children, love them, and raise them in a home as a family than it would be for the children to grow up in an orphanage? It sounds as if many of these children have living parents, but the parents have given them up; they didn't want to be their parents. Giving birth to a child doesn't make you a parent. Loving and caring for a child does.

Sep. 14 2010 01:48 PM
The Truth from Becky

Most white people live in a race based world. sad. Always forgetting they are descendants of immigrants that arrived here via the water as well. Very sad.

Sep. 14 2010 01:41 PM
The Truth from Becky

and that is why, did you just hear the idiot, insensitive remark that came out of his mouth? and he is the host no less...."what do you just call it dim sum"...make fun of other people's cultures why don'tcha!

Sep. 14 2010 01:37 PM
The Truth from Becky

I am against cross cultural adoption.

Sep. 14 2010 01:30 PM
jgarbuz

I'm against adoption in principle, except for total orphans, or for genuinely abusive parents. I do not think that the impoverished Third World was created for wealthy Westerners who for pecuniary and other reasons, chose now to harvest the fruit of others for their own personal satisfaction.

I know my opinion is very anti- "PC" but the input of the biological parents (or grandparents) should be paramount in any such decision, if the child is not an orphan.

Sep. 14 2010 01:27 PM

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