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NPR Reporter writes about adopting from China

Scott Simon, host of National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, remembers the moment he and his wife decided to adopt.

“We’d both been in places where there are a lot of children who’d been abandoned,” he tells NPR’s Steve Inskeep. “We just looked at each other and said, ‘Why are we doing this? There are children in the world now who need our love, and we sure need them.’”

In his new book, Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other, Simon shares the journey — from struggling to conceive, to deciding to adopt, to traveling halfway around the world — that ended with him and his wife, Caroline, adopting two little girls from China.

Simon says the decision to adopt changed his life — but it wasn’t easy. He explains that the adoption process in the United States is particularly taxing and can discourage many potential parents.

“It is difficult, time-consuming and expensive to adopt a child in this country,” he says. “For a lot of people, the assisted-fertility industry is just an obvious alternative to that.”

Then there’s the emotional toll that not everyone is prepared to pay. That said, Simon says he wants to help potential parents to see the natural beauty in adoption.

“I would like to open that door for people,” he says. “The instinct to adopt — to take children into our lives — is, I think, practically as old as childbirth.”

For Simon and Caroline, that instinct was so strong that it drowned out any concern they may have had about there being an ethnic barrier between them and their adopted children.

“That baby is so much more to you than its ethnicity,” he says. “First of all, they’re hungry, they’re thirsty, they’re crying, they need sleep — all of these kinds of things that have nothing to do, certainly, with ethnicity.”

And while Simon and Caroline are determined to expose their daughters to Chinese culture through history and travel, he says their ethnicity is still only a feature of their personality, not a defining trait.

Continue reading  and listen to Scott’s interview.

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