Monday, June 15, 2009

What's wrong with this adoption story?

This is a quiz for adoptive parents. How many things can you find wrong with this story?

I was reading a book by Barbara Delinski called "Suddenly." It's about a busy female doctor who is single and owns her own home. She is in practice with her best friend, also a female MD and another guy.

Her best friend, Mara, kills herself one night. She had been in the process of adopting a baby girl from India. After the funeral the heroine is cleaning out her friend's house when there is a knock at the door.

It's a lady who has brought the baby from India and because Mara didn't show up to pick the baby up at the airport, she has driven out to Mara's house. The heroine (whose name I can't recall, she was so impressive) tells the lady that Mara is dead. The heroine didn't even know her best friend was to get her new baby so quickly.

The social worker or travel lady tells our girl that she will have to take the baby back. Wait, she says, Can I be her foster mother?

The social worker says Oh I don't know. But since she is an MD, and therefore a good choice, the worker makes one phone call to headquarters and allows the baby to stay with this MD as the foster parent. She packs up the baby and takes her to her own home.

Now, this doctor also teaches track at a local private school. One of her students has gotten herself pregnant at I think 16, and he parents have dumped her. So this bright MD sees an opportunity and tells the girl she can live with her in exchange for child care.

So while the MD works long hours, goes to the private school and coaches running, and carries on an affair with the president of the school, this poor scared prego girl sits at home with the baby girl, from early AM until the wee hours of the night.

It was at this point that I threw in the towel.

OK, how many real life inconsistencies can you find?


Flush said...

Hmmmm...I don't think India does single mom adoption of infants.

No baby exchange at airport, you have to travel to India.

Cannot do foster care for international infant from India.Furthermore, allowing foster care without training and without finger prints and a home check...uhuh. Don't think so.

As a foster parent you can not have a 16 year old girl providing care for that many hours.

Anonymous said...

well the kid couldn't stay because the person doing the adoption was dead (I guess if in court as some countries do and already in the person's will they would leave the child there.. maybe, probably not)

the 16 year old probably couldn't live with her high school coach...

no doctor would do this, she could have sex with the guy in her house though

actually you'd be amazed at what is really legal if an agency is not involved... but that is another story... because if you want nothing from the gov. they will let people care for their friend's kids without any checks (finger print, CPS)at all

it would have been a lot of money though... and the homestudy usually in most around here any more they do drug test...

I have been screaming about stupid TV shows and movies too... like that one where the sister has cancer so they have a kid and try and get her kidney (NEVER...) if the kid is that sick with cancer they won't even use sugerical room time or endanger the kid for the transplant..

don't get me started about the stupid soap opera On Life to Live and Star and the baby that my mom watches..

there are a lot of stupid adoption stories thought