Between Two Worlds
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Picture it: a tsunami rolls in, a region is devastated by a hurricane, and ordinary people suffer, including children. Elsewhere in the world, the economy is depressed and parents struggle to provide for their children. And in yet other areas, a government policy meant to improve living conditions for everyone, means that some parents feel they have no choice but to give up their children.

Many children in these situations are offered up for adoption to people from other parts of the world, far from the country of their birth. But is this the best solution for the child?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children should not be separated from their parents unless it is for their own good. It also states that all children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not. Is international adoption the best option for children whose parents or country cannot care for them?

Many Canadian parents adopt children from other parts of the world, most frequently from China. Why are so many children from China offered for adoption? What does life in Canada hold in store for the children who are adopted from China? Is international adoption the best solution for these children? If not, what should be done for them? The answer to these complex questions is likely quite different, depending on who you ask.

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