June 18, 2012 @ 9:30 AM

There is an old adage that "the younger the child being adopted, the better." The reasoning is clearly understandable and does not require a degree in sociology or psychology to understand. If a child has been removed from a bad situation, such as parental unfitness (usually drug addition leading to poor parenting, or outright abuse or neglect), the child will likely have suffered trauma that may haunt him or her throughout their childhood and beyond. For the adoptive parents, no matter how well-intentioned, taking over these parental responsibilities for an older child in need of extraordinary parenting, the challenges can be severe. It is due to these concerns that so many adoptive parents seek to adopt newborns via independent .........

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June 4, 2012 @ 2:33 PM

By the research staff at Adoption101.com

It was in early 2010 when a Tennessee adoptive mother put her adopted seven year old son, Artyom, on a plane with a one way ticket back to Russia and a note saying: “I am sorry that for the safety of my family, friends, and myself, I no longer wish to parent this child.” She went on to write, “He is a Russian national, I am returning him to your guardianship.” As reported by CBS News, she said, “He is violent and has severe psychopathic issues,” and she alleged the Russian orphanage lied about the child because they “wanted to get rid of the boy.” Needless to say, her action set off a storm of anger and shock not just in the adoption community, but ............

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