Hot on the heels of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has adopted a Russian baby.
Mosnews broke the news on Monday, revealing that Jolie fell in love with baby Gleb the moment she saw him…
A source from the orphanage, Baby House No 13, revealed: He is just what Angelina saw in her dreams. She took him in her arms and kissed him.
However, The Sunday Times expresses concerns that Jolie has used her star status to circumvent normal Russian adoption procedures.
Officials say she does not appear to have complied with the rules because she went to orphanages in person during a subsquent visit.
Under the regulations, potential foreign parents are supposed to choose a child from a central register, with the help of photographs and detailed medical records. Only then are they allowed to see the child.
If they decide not to take that child, they are supposed to go back to the register to continue their search.
I’m always (as I noted in August) sceptical about adopting from abroad. While I know that it is often difficult to adopt children from one’s own country, and that many are genuine in their desire to help children from abroad, I can’t help buy worry that many adoptions are motivated, at least partly, by a desire to have an ‘exotic’ baby.
There are plenty of orphaned and abandoned children in the US (and the UK) that need adopting just as much. While it can be frustrating to go through masses of red-tape to help them, is that really a good enough reason to give up and go abroad? Adopters are, effectively, abandoning one child for the sake of their own convenience. That they are helping another child is probably of very little comfort to the child who is abandoned.
Scarily, this issue has also prompted Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s ultra-nationalist LDPR party to, for the first time ever, say something I agree with. Lubov Blizhina asks…
“Dont they have their own children to adopt?