Hooz Adopting Hoo
February 21, 2011 § 1 Comment
Adopting seems to be all the rage in Hollywood these days.
The Brangelina brood, Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock’s little Louis from New Orleans, Madonna’s Mercy and David from Malawi, Maury’s Matthew and recently Elton John’s new arrival of Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John — just to name a few hooz.
It’s hard not to be very aware of the celeb buzz around adoption; the cliche of the rich and famous rescuing an impoverished orphan from across the world— news stand tabloids keep us all well informed.
What I was not aware of, however, when we started the adoption process was the whole other world of average joes who have caught the “adoptoin fever.” The You and Mes. I’ve since been talking to them on the phone, following their tweets, friending them on facebook and subscribing to their blogs.
They’re diverse, they stand out, but they are just regular moms and dads who have chosen the adoption path for their own various reasons.
According to CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) statistics, each year Canadians welcome about 2000 internationally adopted children into thier homes. Last year, the top 3 countries that Canadians adopted from were China, United States and Ethiopia. Ontario and Quebec are the leading provinces adopting: Accounting for over half of international adoptions (1169.) The Northwest Territories was the lowest, recording adopting only 1 child from Russia.
Of these numbers, %57 were children 3 years old or younger.
Interestingly, Alberta and BC made US their first choice as a source for international adoption.
Some previously popular countries are now slowing down. Adoptions from Haiti dropped %28 and South Korea dropped %53 from 2006 to 2007. Apparently South Korea government is trying to make foreign adoptions obsolete by 2012. Even China is slowing down, almost to the point of a standstill. Where expected wait times used to be 6 months in 2005, they are now “more than 8 years.” (http://chinaadoptionforcast.com/)