Sandy - posted on 07/01/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
It's impossible not to drilled about the importance of teaching and revering the child's birth culture when going through the international adoption process. At the time I sort of went along -- not thinking about it that much -- we just wanted to expand our family (which, I believe, is the only reason anyone adopts). But as time passes and I have thought about it more -- it all seems so arbitrary and rather silly. For instance, I was born in Argentina. My parents moved me here when I was four. I don't particularly value Argentinean culture any more or less than Americas or for that matter any other country. It seems to me that every nation has things of beauty and why should the accident of where one was born mean that you have know all about and revere that particular culture above all others?
Not sure I'm explaining myself clearly. It's not that I don't want to teach or share positive cultural things with my girls about Colombia and Guatemala but according the UN theory -- one child should seemingly be more "into" one of those countries and the other more "into" the other. Nonsense. And what if somehow I won the lottery and we could visit any country? Why not China, Egypt, parts of Africa, Australia?
It's all about man-made borders dividing this one pale blue dot we all share. And for this -- the UN would keep children in squalor (as long as they remain in their birth land "where they belong".)