Fund-raising For Adoption
Thanks to K@W for this article tip.
It’s back to my old rant on fund-raising for adoption. There’s something that doesn’t sit right with me when it comes to raising money for adoptions. Whether they are prospective adoptive parents asking for charitable donations through blogs, or taking a loan out, it just doesn’t feel right. Granted, adoption is highly economically inaccessible, but you don’t see parents with biological children asking for money online.
It goes back to that age old argument that transracial adoptees are being “saved.” For many we’re talking about international adoption. It means that they are “saving” these children and so charitable contributions aren’t considered for what they are, they’re seen as philanthropic giving.
You know when you’re growing up as a kid and you ask your parents, “Mommy and Daddy, how much am I worth?” They always say “You’re priceless to us, there’s no amount of money that could ever add up to what you’re worth to us.” Ok, I understand, but somehow this statement doesn’t ring as true when there are large dollar signs above your head. Not to mention, I wonder what happens when these kids get older and they find the remnants of their parents’ fund-raising efforts online through blogs? It reminds me of those Visa advertisements about being priceless.
“Medical Examination fee $100, Processing Fee $200, Air Plane Ticket $600, Blog Fund-raising Fee $50…Not feeling like a commodity?…Priceless…”