Adop­tion idea

Jerusalem Post - - COMMENT & FEATURES -

In the past, there has been pub­lic de­bate re­gard­ing Filipino care­tak­ers’ chil­dren born here who re­quest Is­raeli cit­i­zen­ship. Some politi­cians ap­prove of the idea for the sake of the chil­dren. But “Or­phans left be­hind in the Philip­pines” (Com­ment & Fea­tures, June 5) might jus­tify a fresh look at the is­sue.

Close to two mil­lion Filipino chil­dren are “aban­doned and ne­glected,” ac­cord­ing to a UN re­port. Even at the coun­try’s few or­phan­ages, con­di­tions are less than op­ti­mal. Most of the chil­dren are “lost to crime, to pros­ti­tu­tion, to ne­glect, and a lot of street fam­i­lies are grow­ing.”

How about per­form­ing a good deed and adopt­ing some of them? Here is an op­por­tu­nity to save a gen­er­a­tion of un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren and re­plen­ish our un­der­pop­u­lated na­tion.

ROBERT DUBLIN Jerusalem

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