The Christian adoption movement is huge, and the demand for children from other countries—especially those with brown kids—has created a climate of corruption and child trafficking. This impacts (and implicates) well-meaning adopters, and the generous subsidizers of Duane and Kristen Watkins’ adoption might be contributing to some unsavory practices.
Nowhere in all of the joyous donating is any questioning of the exorbitant fees attached to adoption, or the need for family preservation where possible, or what kinds of post-placement support is available to families like the Watkins. Reuters recently ran a horrifying series on the process known as re-homing, when parents give adopted children away to strangers they’ve “met” on the Internet because they weren’t prepared or equipped to handle the many issues institutionalized children face.
Duane and Kristen Watkins say they plan to set up college savings accounts for both kids with the additional money raised. A donation to an organization in Ethiopia that supports family preservation would be another way to honor their children while also making an impact beyond their immediate family.