A new adoption documentary explores the current state of international adoption, says a Feb. 28 article in the Richmond Times Dispatch. "Stuck," produced by entrepreneur and former football player Craig Juntunen highlights adoption stories from Ethiopia, Vietnam and Haiti, all popular international programs that have faced increasing allegations of fraud and corruption. The Vietnam adoption program closed in 2008 because of such allegations.
According to the article, "the film examines the conditions in which orphaned and abandoned children often live, against a backdrop of bureaucratic policies that make it difficult for outsiders to adopt them."
International adoptions have long been a valid way for U.S. citizens to either establish or grow their families. According to the U.S. Department of State, nearly 235,000 internationally-born children were adopted by U.S. families between 1999 and 2011, the last year for which published statistics are available. For many of those families, the road to their children was long and expensive.
“The average adoption takes nearly 896 days and costs more than $28,000, and we want to help change that,” said Juntunen,
"Stuck," an adoption documentary, is being shown in 60 cities across the United States. To see if "Stuck" is showing in a city near you, visit the Both Ends Burning website.