Madonna’s quest to adopt a second child — a 3-year-old girl — from Malawi has once again put the celebrity in the spotlight and stirred debate about international adoptions. Save the Children (U.K.) has said that the girl Madonna wants to adopt and children like her would be better off in their home countries, and that most children in orphanages have extended family. (A man claiming to be the father of the girl, Chifundo James known as Mercy, has come forward demanding custody.) This view of international adoption is also held by Unicef.
What should the standard be for allowing international adoptions?
- Elizabeth Bartholet, Harvard Law School
- E.J. Graff, Brandeis University
- Marguerite A. Wright, psychologist
- David Smolin, Cumberland Law School
- Diane B. Kunz, Center for Adoption Policy
- Jane Aronson, pediatrician