In the one-year ago post below, Emmie said she wondered what people could do to help change the adoption process become more efficient. I've been thinking about this, and thought it might be good to see what ideas everyone has on the topic.
I know that Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform (PEAR http://www.pear-now.org/) is very active in trying to ensure that all adoptions happen ethically, and "in the interest of the adults and children they serve." What I don't know is if they consider efficacy as one of their goals. Regardless, I do believe that their mission is pure, and I have seen cases where they stepped in to fight for families in tough situations, so I highly support the organization.
Other than working through PEAR, I just don't know how to work towards smoother adoptions. It seems that since agencies are non-profits, some of the incentives to excel beyond their competition is eliminated. Add to that the number agencies that engage in unethical practices, and I think most parents would rather choose a slower process with an ethical agency than a quick process with a sketchy one. But why do we have to choose? The two can co-exist, but seem rare. Is that because the well-reputed agencies are really that over-taxed?
I do think that because the stakes are so high in adoption, clients don't demand the same level of service they do in other endeavors. I think adopters are just happy to bring home their children, and will put up with anything thrown at them while in pursuit of that goal. Is this why agencies get away with shoddy service?
When it comes to other countries, I think we're out of luck. There are just so many things that come into play including foreign bureaucracies, lack of resources, and cultural differences.
So let's focus on American adoption professionals. What can be done to help improve the efficacy and responsiveness of the process?