I'm on a huge e-list for people who have adopted from China. Obviously, with thousands of people on the list, issues like RAD and ADHD come up, although thankfully, alcohol abuse is still pretty rare among rural women in China, so FAE isn't much of an issue.
There are a handful of families on this list who have had serious problems with their children, such as RAD. These people are convinced that most, if not all, children adopted from China have attachment problems. They will flatly tell anyone who states that their child is fine that they are "in denial," just haven't had the problem manifest itself yet, or are liars. They are very angry and very militant about it. I think that if you are struggling with such a serious issue yourself, it is very hard not to generalize your family's situation to everyone else's.
Certainly alcoholism is much more common in Eastern European countries and I agree that many birthmothers drink during pregnancy. While I don't advocate drinking during pregnancy, I'm old enough to remember the days when doctors didn't tell pg women here to stop drinking.
Not all children born of women who drink have FAE/FAS. As an example, I'm one of six children, whose mother drank and smoked during all of her pregnancies. All six of us are college graduates, with four of us having advanced degrees. FAE/FAS are real and they are devastating. I've just never seen any evidence that MOST kids adopted from EE have it. But, there are plenty of places that people who are interested in adoption can go to form their own opinions, without getting panicked about it.
Children who are living in orphanages in Russia, China, India, Ukraine, Kaz, or any other country are every bit as deserving of having a loving home as children who are in state care in the US. While it might be costly and difficult to adopt them, they can bring an untold amount of joy to the right families.
I have read Adoption Nation, shortly after it first came out. My youngest had just arrived, so my reading was limited to about 2 pages a week. My retention of anything I read during that time is spotty at best!