Oh the irony!

It seems that Russia has a low birth rate and a high death rate and a shrinking population since the early 1990s. They have one-seventh of the world’s land surface but they are one of the most sparsely settled countries in the world with only 141.4 million citizen. To counteract this crisis that have instituted a Day of Conception for three years now giving couples time off from work to procreate. They even give cash incentives to families who have more than one child.   The Duggar family of Arkansas would make a fortune in Russia!   Hmm… maybe the should do some seminars for Russian couples?

I wonder why it is then that so many American families are adopting Russian orphans? I know of four children from Russia adopted by two different families and three of the children are siblings. There is even a group here in the Phoenix area who brings children over from Russia to spend a week with families here in an effort to match them for adoption purposes. Seems rather ironic doesn’t it?

What’s even more ironic is that China, right next door to Russia, won’t allow couples to have more than one child. That is so sad.

I think it is wonderful when couples adopt a child who needs a family and I think it’s equally wonderful when a woman puts her child up for adoption instead of having an abortion. Had I married younger and been better off financially I would have adopted children.

Now, don’t think I’m against what Russia is doing to encourage a population increase through a higher birth rate. I just think it’s rather ironic when you look at the big picture. 😉