Intercountry Adoption — Talking Truthfully About Trafficking

News reports about child trafficking may frighten you — and your child. Here's how to discuss the topic truthfully and ensure her your family is secure.

An adopted child concerned about trafficking
As news of child trafficking in China and Guatemala make headlines, rumors are rife about the negative aspects of intercountry adoption. Sadly, fact has overtaken fiction in more than a few countries that are or have recently been closed to U.S. adopting parents. Countries that closed because of concerns over coercion of birth parents, trafficking of children, and/or illegal gain by adoption agents include Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, Guatemala, and Romania. China, reputedly, is working to contain corroborated trafficking within its ...

Talking to your child about the possibility of trafficking is not easy. Here’s how to open the dialogue.

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