Letter: Beware misguided philanthropy
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
I would like to remind all those who shed giant crocodile tears over President Vladimir Putin's move to prevent the adoption of Russian children by Americans, that "charity" is supposed to begin at home. Russia is not an impoverished Third World nation where children must be rescued, lest they perish. This should be a no-brainer, and our State Department should be able to find better ways to spend its time than engaging in a spouting match with the Russian government over this.
To put this into proper perspective, know that in the U.S. today, there are approximately 400,000 children in foster care, some in deplorable situations, who need a permanent home, with a loving family. We should have a law that says children cannot be adopted from foreign countries while a single child here needs a home.
Isn't it the first responsibility of every citizen do what is best for their own country first? Misguided philanthropy is worse than none at all. When we've taken care of our own institutionalized children, then we can look to taking care of others.