Is it ethical for families from wealthy nations to adopt children from poorer countries? Madonna & Child Honestly, I never looked at it as a question of ethics. If it were easier and less expensive to adopt American children, then more people would probably do so. As for Madonna's adoption issues, it seems she picks children who have families who are still emotionally attached to them, yet do not have the financial wherewithall to care for them. I don't recall Angelina Jolie and Mia Farrow having these problems. Maybe I just wasn't paying attention back then.