By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 at 3:02 pm in Just Bizarre.
At a time of increasing political controversy over foreign adoptions – Guatemala’s foreign adoptions cease Jan. 1; Vietnamese adoptions are stalled, stranding families in Hanoi halfway through the process; and political tensions simmer in Russia and elsewhere – comes this: A Dutch diplomat and his wife are trying to return the daughter they adopted seven years ago. The little girl just doesn’t “fit in” with their lifestyle, they said – although their two biological children, conceived after the adoption, fit in just fine (or maybe they lost the receipt).
According to today’s Daily Mail, the girl was adopted from South Korea when she was just four months old, and the family has lived in Hong Kong since she was three. But, the family told a reporter, the girl was “struggling to adapt to their culture, including food.” Last year, they tried to give her back, only to discover that South Korean authorities see adoption as an unbreakable commitment – you know, like a parent-child bond or something.
So, they quietly turned her over to Hong Kong social workers. She’s been in foster care ever since and Hong Kong’s Korean community, which is trying to find her a home, is up in arms. Complicating matters in the search for a new family: the child speaks English and Cantonese, but not Korean. (And Dutch? What about Dutch?) And she is neither a Dutch citizen nor a Hong Kong resident.We’ll echo our pals over at StrollerDerby when we say, “Excuuuuuuse me?” What did they do, stick their kid in the diplomatic pouch when they moved to Hong Kong? How does a child live with a family for seven years and not “adapt” to their food? And since when are kids returnable? While we sit here and fume, how about you weigh in with your thoughts – what could possibly have happened here?