The international adoption numbers from FY 2013 are in, and it appears that the State Department is single-handedly killing international adoptions, right along with the Hague Convention on Inter-Country Adoption.
31 out of 67 Hague partner sending countries had ZERO adoptions by U.S. families in 2013.
This is the same convention that child welfare advocates fought so hard for. The same convention that State Department strong-arms countries all over the world into joining.
Is this ironic incompetence, or is some darker force at work? Is State Department intentionally shutting down international adoption?
Friends insist the two choices in the title are not enough. They suggest the following multiple choice options:
(a) Devious (i.e., insisting countries join Convention, then using that as an excuse to stop adoptions)
(d) All of the above.
Votes below, please.