Issues in Child Adoption

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Overwhelming Demand

Frustrating Search for Healthy Babies

President Reagan posed a difficult question during the Oct. 7 presidential debate with former Vice President Walter F. Mondale. “Wouldn't it make a lot more sense in this gentle and kind society of ours if we had a program that made it possible for when incidents come along in which someone feels they must do away with that unborn child, that instead we make it available for adoption?” the president asked. “There are a million and a half people out there standing in line waiting to adopt children who can't have them any other way.”

The president's query underscores the troubled state of adoption in the United States today. Adoption experts estimate that two million American couples want to adopt ...

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