An unbelievable story out of Romania has parents' jaws dropping 'round the world today. A socialite named Monica Gabor, who is being described as the "Romanian equivalent of Paris Hilton," reportedly adopted a 3-year-old boy on the spot at the Jiu Placement Centre for Orphans in Bucharest. Likely believing that she was channeling her inner Angelina Jolie or Madonna or whatever, she vowed that he "will not lack for anything, particularly parental leave."
But the first night home, the little boy became distressed and cried. The next morning, Gabor allegedly decided against letting him stay, and the socialite returned him to the orphanage. SO crazy!
Apparently, her trip to the orphanage was part of a PR tour Gabor staged shortly after her breakup from her ex-husband, according to a Romanian tabloid. She was trying to clean up her reputation. Adopting and "giving back" an orphan is certainly no way to do that. Disgraceful.
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Obviously, this is an extreme example of totally irresponsible behavior when it comes to caring for a child, and something no regular mom would ever do ... At least you'd hope! But it definitely serves as an important reminder that adoption isn't for everyone. That it is an extremely serious process and commitment. Not at all something you can decide on a whim or take lightly. Even parents who think they're completely cut out for it can find that it's much more challenging than they ever imagined!
Ultimately, you would think people would realize that taking on the responsibility of raising another human being would strike MOST as a huge deal. That adoption isn't some fun pastime or publicity stunt. But apparently that has yet to get through some people's thick skulls ... Ah well. At least Gabor knew better than to try to take on something she clearly couldn't handle. Hopefully she faces backlash that serves to dissuade anyone from even thinking about following in her footsteps.
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