The title of this article alone, "Chinese babies stolen by officials for foreign adoption" will knot your stomach. Written by Barbara Demick, it appeared in the Los Angeles Times this past weekend. It needs barely an introduction; the title, on the surface anyway, says it all.
While there are many, many children who have legitimately been given up, there are, too, many, many children who were not willingly let go. For those families in China, the pain is not new at all. But for the American families who are wondering if their beloved child was one that was stolen, the pain, worry and anguish are only beginning. What is the truth? How will they find it?
And as a result, what will happen -- in the long run -- to foreign adoption?