We have enjoyed the services and research of Ethica: an Independent Voice for Ethical Adoption for a while now. We truly believe in the work that this organization is doing. They are a pro-adoption group who believe that adoption can change the life of children. However, they also understand that without reforms adoption may cease to be an option for children in the United States and the world over.
The following is excerpted from Ethica's website:
"It is our belief that the term "ethical adoption services" pertains to more than just the actual act of adopting a child. For services to be truly ethical, they must involve family preservation efforts, birth family counseling and advocacy, adequate pre-adoption training for adoptive parents, ethical placement practices, post adoption services which include disruption assistance and the fulfillment of lifelong responsibilities to adoptees and their families."
Ethica has done great work on the Hague Convention, open records for adult adoptees, and safe haven laws. They also offer a subscription service to receive breaking adoption news from around the world that affect the adoptive communities we have all come to care so much about. They also host a fantastic opportunity, called Ethica 50, to get involved in your own area.
For us the most important reason for supporting Ethica, and other advocacy organizations, is our kids. We want to make sure our kids see and know, not just hear, that we were more interested in the proper care of children and families that needed help than we were in being parents. They are going to have enough questions without needing to worry about our motives. So if you're also an Ethica supporter then keep spreading the word and if you haven't checked them out yet give them a moment of your time. An ethically conducted adoption is the only adoption worth considering!
- Brian and Rosemary