A “great” article: Buy, Sell, Adopt: Child Trafficking in China, full of detailed information by Mark McDonald reporting and criticising the relation between children trafficking in China and the international adoption. MBL considers that the main purpose of Mark’s article is to expose the corruption in some of the orphanages in China, so people could search the right way to fight against children trafficking in China.
Since MBL was set up in 2004, we have been in contact with adoptive families with Chinese children in 27 countries all over the world. What was mentioned in Mark’s article did really happen during MBL’s work with adoptive families for their adoption documents checking and those adoptees’ family root searching in China. And we could tell that how shocked when adoptive families realised that so called adoption papers were actually forged ones with some so called official signatures on them!
So YES! MBL does agree with those facts that Mark reported in his article, BUT those facts still couldn’t represent the whole picture of orphanages and international adoption in China. Why do we say this?
- On the one hand, from Xinran’s research, there were even some much more serious situations happened in some orphanages.
- On the other hand, China is a huge country and those illegal things happened in some orphanages doesn’t mean the rest orphanages in the whole country are doing the same. Also, the living condition and the way of people’s thinking between the city and the countryside, even between cities could be 500 years different! So what Mark reported are only part of China and we do believe that there are still many orphanages that are trying to look after those orphans and help to find a loving home for each of them!
What happened in the past, no matter good or bad, is part of our life history. Instead of forgetting or ignoring it, we should face it and learn from it…since it shaped who we are, and it taught us lessons for life! Through all of those years, MBL has been trying to help/support those Chinese children to clear up the clouds in the sky along their journey of finding the way back “home” and knowing about themselves- who they are! It involves lots of work regarding to checking out those children’s adoption documents and carrying out family root searching in China. Meanwhile, we want to tell those Chinese children that they are the luckiest ones who experienced two different types of loves between China and the West, especially the loves from those adoptive parents, who offered those Chinese children a new home and a new life!
While, the most unbelievable thing is that if you read some of those people’s comments to Mark’s article, you might get totally shocked! Such as:
“Unfortunately, many childless women are so neurotic that they don’t care if the baby is stolen. They regard motherhood as their right, are terrified of being different from their pram-pushing peers, and see a child as a status symbol.”
— Michelle Heeter (Sydney, Australia)