With Good Reason

The Controversy Over International Adoptions
September 4th, 2010

Inter-country adoptions gone awry have a way of capturing headlines.  A missionary group lands in jail after trying to remove children from Haiti.  An American woman puts her seven year-old adopted son on a one-way flight back to Moscow.  Karen Rotabi (Virginia Commonwealth University) has studied this issue in Guatemala and beyond for decades and says that overseas adoptions, while a source of hope and love for many families, can have a dark side.  Also featured: Baseball leagues for kids with disabilities have sprouted up all over the United States.  Matt Lucas (Longwood University) put together a team in rural Virginia and discovered that the games were just as valuable to the parents.  And also featured: The Hispanic population is the fastest growing in the U.S., but Mirta Martin, Dean of Virginia State University’s School of Business, says schools aren’t yet prepared, culturally or academically, for the influx of Hispanic students.

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