Thicker than blood.

Author:Plotnik, Kenneth
Position:Correspondence - Letter to the Editor

Reading Noah Millman's "True Fictions of Fatherhood" (February) inspired some serious thinking about my own family. Telling my younger brother that he was adopted had the power to hurt him when we were growing up (and later on to amuse him) only because we both accepted, as Mr. Millman does, that "there is no more essential tie than that of blood." But working in the blood-centered culture of Latin America has given me a different idea of blood. Latin American men will almost never adopt a child outside of their extended family. And they are greatly suspicious of other men who do. The tragedy is that almost half a million children die in Latin America every year under the age of five, while the number of adoptions is minuscule.

I now have a deeper understanding...

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