Madonna and Adoption: What’s Race Got To Do With It? on Anderson Cooper 360°
Carmen Van Kerckhove
President, New Demographic
Madonna’s present attempt to adopt a second child from the African nation of Malawi has reopened a discussion on the question of why so many Americans choose to adopt internationally instead of domestically.
Unfortunately, this conversation rarely gets beyond complaints about the red tape involved in domestic adoption on the one hand, and sweeping statements about how international adoptive parents are saving the lives of helpless children in impoverished countries on the other.
What’s missing from the discussion is a clear-eyed look at how race impacts the adoption and child welfare system in America.
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