Editorial, by Andressa Curry-Messer, 1st March 2018

2018 03 01 ED rehoming 2Sam, 10, is a survivor. Born in China, he was abandoned by his biological parents. After four years of waiting and undergoing procedures, he was adopted by an American family. Sam, however, does not meet the expectations of his new parents: a child adopted in this way often develops behavioral problems such as violence, various forms of incontinence or an uncontrolled fear of abandonment. Never mind, since in the United States, it is possible to put your child on the second-hand market!

"Given" five times, Nita confirms: "I was afraid, (...) I did not know who I was going to live with, nor in what city, I was sent around, to anyone, like a package sent through the post." It is an underground market, outside the law, that makes it possible for people to put a child up for re-adoption (rehoming) by another family. Ads written on the net put the kids up for sale: Amanda, age 5, blue eyes, loves puzzles ($ 4,500); Jeremy, age 9, happy-go-lucky ($ 2,750); Jason, 12, loves pizza and baseball ($ 2,400).

The Americans view an adoption that does not work like a bad marriage: you can always divorce! Consequently, some toddlers are adopted three, four or even five times. About 25,000 children are sold or exchanged each year in the US, without any regard for social services. It is easy to imagine what could happen as a result from such practices. Cases of abuse or sexual abuse are not uncommon.

Mc Lie, 9, is one of the less fortunate children. Nobody adopted him. He therefore tries to sell himself, on television or radio. The US state only intervenes as a last resort to place the disenfranchised children in homes, as the candidates for adoption are more numerous than the families who are ready to welcome them.

The United States has not ratified the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. A shy awareness is beginning to emerge in American society following the revelation of several scandals. While it is still difficult to hope for strict legislation to combat these practices at the national level, ten states have already taken the lead: it is now forbidden to transfer custody without appearing before a judge. James Langevin, a member of Parliament, who was himself adopted as a child, introduced a national bill to ban rehoming and advocates that "the first adoption is the only one."

Today, Sam is fine. He was adopted by a family that already has 7 children, all of whom are adopted! They grow up on the family farm where everyone puts their hands in the dough and regains confidence in life and humanity.

Picture: gildas_f, flickr/cc

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