links for 2011-05-07

  • "After a year of headlines concerning improperly adopted children, from Haiti to Nepal to Ethiopia, evangelical advocates admit that the system is troubled, but they insist that expanding international adoption is necessary and, if done right, beautiful. 'There’s always going to need to be tremendous vigilance that compassionate intentions lead to compassionate outcomes,' says the Christian Alliance’s Medefind. 'But if you’re not willing to deal with complexity, it would be wise to stay away from efforts to address the world’s needs.'

    Despite the altruistic motives of many evangelical adopters, the size and wealth of their movement is likely to tip the balance of a system that already responds too blithely to the moral and humanitarian concerns raised by poor countries and all too readily to Western demand."