Adoption: Nobody's Children

In the world of adoption, where healthy white infants are hotly pursued, a burgeoning group of "special-needs" kids is left behind

Mickey is 19 months old but weighs less than 14 lbs. Born infected with the AIDS virus, he was abandoned by his addict mother at birth. His huge, watchful eyes seem to fill half his face; his legs dangle like matchsticks. For ten months after he was born, Mickey languished at a New York City hospital. He never had a visitor.

All you need is love, John Lennon promised. Sometimes that's true. Then again, there are the children like Mickey who need more. They may need hospital care because their mothers used crack during pregnancy. They may need psychiatric treatment to...

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