>What is wrong with American kids?

>While I’m not a staunch nationalist, I’m standing up for my younger American counterparts. I’m standing up for the hundreds of thousands of American children in foster care who are being shunned by celebrities and well-to-do prospective parents who opt to find their bundles of joy in another country.

See, like Roland Martin, I can’t help but to ask myself: why are American children viewed as undesired by these people? What is it about this country’s adoption policies that make the adoption process difficult to go through?

I see this as a two-fold issue. One, I think there’s some exotic nature to adopting children from overseas. I can’t help but to wonder if we Westerners still have the colonial mindset of saving these children from their “uncivilized” roots and entrenching them into our American lifestyle. Also, it seems to be the “in” thing to do–adopting exotic children of different colors and nationalities makes one seem open and tolerant to diversity. Why, as Westerners, do we still have a subsconscious mindset that it’s our responsibility to rescue these children from their culture? What exactly is so complicated about rescuing our own children from the horrors of bureaucracy?

On a broader note, is this country’s adoption system so bogged down in red tape that we are forcing good parents out of the process? Why have different states made the adoption process so restrictive and unfriendly that we routinely shut out prospective parents because we do not agree with their sexual orientation or other preferences?

Why does this country devalue the life of children in foster care so much that they aren’t even privy to the plight of these children? What exactly is wrong with American kids that 1) forces prospective parents to adopt overseas? and 2) that our state governments refuse to enact sweeping reforms to make the process more friendly and speedy?

I must admit, I’ve never adopted (hey, I’m only 25–I can barely afford to feed myself) a child. But, as someone who’s deeply concerned about the plight of the forgotten (who usually end up falling through the societal cracks), I can’t help but to wonder why has this country invest so little in making sure all children have a safe, warm and loving home to go to every night.

While I did my share of criticizing celebrities and the rich for their actions earlier, the blame can’t be solely laid at their feet. Getting caught up in the field day of lambasting Madonna for her choices won’t solve the problem at the end of the day. Additionally, we can’t blame celebrities for shunning the same process that’s to blame for so many good, prospective adoptive parents becoming discouraged.