Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin are reportedly looking to adopt.
According to the "source," the Clooney-Alamuddins are looking to adopt a child from a "war-torn" country. More specifically, they want to "use the adoption to highlight the plight of orphans in countries like Syria." This, however, cannot be done.
If the Clooney-Alamuddins are indeed looking to adopt, why not from the States? The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) reports that over 397,122 youths are without a permanent home, with about 102,000 eligible for adoption. Two years ago, 7,000 orphans were adopted by U.S. families — mostly from foreign countries. That same year, 23,396 youth aged out of the system and 50% had substance use problems. While it's noble for the couple to make a statement regarding the "plight of orphans in countries like Syria," there's also a plight of orphans here on the home front (more on the topic here).
The Clooney-Alamuddins have not issued a statement at the time of publishing.