As a huge adoption supporter, I really appreciate this article advocating for children who don’t have parents and need them.
I have to admit, I have reservations with the whole “first world problem” designation used to dismiss anyone who has a concern that’s valid but not as hierarchically earth-shattering as someone else’s concern. So where she says it’s not important how you feed your kids or whether you circumcise your son, I disagree. It is important. Things like that are not a test for whether you’re a good parent — I heartily agree with that. But it’s entirely acceptable to advocate for those issues as well as more far-reaching ones. If someone you knew had thyroid cancer, would you say, “First world problem! At least you didn’t die of dysentery when you were three”? It’s just not helpful to take that stance.
Ok, but back to the point of the article: My heart aches for the children in foster care, group homes, unstable households, and orphanages. I wish more people were willing to adopt, and I wish adoption were easier, less expensive, and more socially supported. I wish families were more socially supported, which would go a long way toward my wish that being an adoptive family were easier.