Ethica was invited to respond to “The Baby Business,” written by E.J. Graff and published by The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.
Our response is as follows:
Ethica advocated for many of E.J. Graff’s suggestions for reform in our comments to the Hague regulations. Had those suggestions been incorporated at the regulation drafting stage, perhaps the article’s conclusion, “The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption is merely a legal regime to enable countries to transfer the relatively small percentage of children who need international homes” would be different. Indeed, upon release of the final regulations, Ethica expressed its concern that the regulations failed to address the vast majority of the most problematic features of intercountry adoption practice and could actually worsen current conditions.
E.J. Graff asks: “Exactly where does all that money go?” The way the Hague Convention has been implemented in the United Sates doesn’t answer the question.