When I went to Vietnam to adopt my son in 2001, I did not do due diligence and had no idea that international adoption was rife with ethical lapses and trafficking. What I learned when I was in Ho Chi Minh City at the US Embassy profoundly shocked me, and when I returned to New York I became determined not to remain silent about how the greedy and corrupt prey on the world's most vulnerable citizens – its orphans. I am very proud to be on the board of PEAR (Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform,, which tries in its small way to make a big difference ... to educate those who feel entitled to exploit children while pursuing their own selfish agendas.

These links are on the PEAR website:

Allies in Ethics and Education

Ethica, A Voice for Ethical Adoption
Adoption Agency Checklist
Adoption Agency Research Group
Adopting Internationally Law Review Articles
American Adoption Congress
Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption, Including Neighboring Countries (FRUA)
Fleas Biting Blog Cribs
Crime & Corruption Blog
Beware of BBAS

Adoption Information Resources

International Adoption Resources Group
Schuster Institute: Corruption in International Adoptions
US DOS Intercountry Adoption Information
Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption
Karen's Adoption Links
Informed Adoption Advocates

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