Every year, the United States sends $132 million in federal funds to UNICEF. UNICEF does many great things, like providing clean drinking water in remote areas. But UNICEF has recently developed a very dark spot on their record.
In an effort to keep orphans in their birth country and culture, UNICEF has started an active war on foreign adoptions. In Guatemala, UNICEF paid millions of dollars to government agencies to shut down foreign run orphanages and close the country to foreign adoption. They succeeded. Adoptions in Guatemala went from 5,000 a year to 35. The other 4,965 children will continue to languish in the country owned, overcrowded orphanages. US Families in the process of adopting saw the hopes of bringing home their son or daughter torn away from them, sometimes even at the very end of the process.
In some countries children are already dying in overcrowded, underfunded orphanages because of this UNICEF policy. Instead of spending those millions on things that will actually help people, they are giving that money to government officials to implement this terrible policy. This has also greatly increased waiting times and costs for families in wealthier countries to adopt children out of impoverished orphanages, many times saving their lives.
Because this policy only affects the absolute lowest segment of any society on earth, impoverished orphans in third world countries, and because it is being implemented by one of the most respected foreign aide organizations, there has been very little publicity. So I am asking you. No. Begging you to contact your congressman and senator and ask them to cut off the $132 million to UNICEF every year until UNICEF changes their foreign adoption policy. We can give that money instead to foreign aide groups who will actually seek to help foreign orphans and their communities instead of simply paying off the government to ensure that these children die in government orphanages.
That is my perspective. Here is the question. In light of this, should the US stop funding UNICEF?