Brazilians only adopt healthy, white babies
Quoting data from the Tribunal of Justice of the state of São Paulo, the news agency says that almost all of the Brazilian couples refuse to adopt children that are black, native or that have mixed blood, while 77% of the foreigners that come to the country willing to adopt are indifferent to the kid’s ethnicity.
Also, kids of parents who have the HIV virus are rejected by 48.9% of Brazilians adopting and by 27.4% of the foreigners. Children born due to incest are avoided by 55% of the Brazilians and 48.5% of the families from abroad. On the other hand, foreigners are less tolerant to babies born after a rape (85% of rejection, and 61% for Brazilians).
These demands explain why the national register of adoption counts 31,000 couples and a little over 8,000 kids. Most children and teens in the list are not considered “adoptable” because they don’t fulfill all of these exigences.
Last year the UN published a study that shows this is not exclusively a Brazilian problem – although it seems to be particularly acute in the country. The international report indicated, for instance, that the number of kids adopted is at least 60 times smaller than the number of orphans. This estimate doesn’t even include abandoned children. The reasons for that, according to the UN, are the bureaucracy normally involved in the adoption process and the excessive demands mentioned before. Worldwide, adopting parents tend to prefer healthy little girls of their own ethnicity. Girls are, apparently, perceived as being a lessen source of trouble and also willing to care for aging parents. Of course, in orphanages, kids with this profile are rare as platinum.
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