I’m a strong proponent of adoption. It gives kids a chance, bringing joy to both the child and the family. Adoption lowers the level of misery in our fallen world. Don’t misinterpret this and assume I’m criticizing Brangelina for their latest adoption.
I’m not. I think it’s wonderful. What I am doing is offering a suggestion for the next time.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are famous and for many they are the perfect role model couple. They have three biological children and three adopted children. Now according to Woman’s Day, the couple is adding a fourth adopted child
Here’s where I want to make a respectful suggestion. All of the current and the future adopted children come from overseas — a boy from Cambodia, a girl from Vietnam and another girl from Ethiopia are soon to be joined by a 2–year–old boy from Syria.
My suggestion is next time, please consider adopting a child from the United States.
Right now there are 397,122 U.S. children living in the foster care system. Of these children, 101,666 are eligible for adoption, yet approximately 32 percent of them (32,533) will be marking time, waiting for over 3 years to be adopted.
Total adoptions in the U.S. have increased 6 percent since 2000 and 15 percent since 1990, according to the government. Those figures are not adjusted for the simultaneous increase in total population. A more telling number is the rate per 100,000 adults in the country — that number has fallen.
In 2000, it was 61.5 per 100,000. In 2008 — the most recent figures available — the figure is 58.3, which represents a 5 percent decrease in adoptions.
In the Pitt family’s home state of California adoptions have dropped even more. In 2007 it was 51.12 per 100,000. In 2008 the number fell to 44.56 — a 13 percent drop, that is almost triple the falloff nationwide.
Angelina and Brad have been a high–profile advertisement role model for adoption. By bringing four children into their family they’ve created buzz, if you will, surrounding adoption and may have motivated other couples, both high–profile and no profile, to take the first step toward bringing a child that needs a family into their home.
Now I’d like to ask Brad and Angelina to seriously consider doing some high–profile good close to home and if they adopt again, set an example and adopt a child from the United States.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.