I have seen a lot of hand-wringing and posts pop up in rebuttal, or response to Kathryn Joyce’s article in Mother Jones.
I just read this post about it, which includes a Q&A from various people within the Evangelical Adoption Movement…and this statement was the impetus for this post.
Rick Morton: […] International adoption is a multi-billion dollar industry, and it must be policed to keep out those who would engage in illegal activity. That is ultimately a responsibility of civil authorities. […]
So, based on the fact that Christian Adoption Agencies have been around a long time, and this type of international adoption since the end of the Korean War…surely there is a track record of the policing, or at least making it a priority to assist the civil authorities by bringing these activities to light.
1. How many adoption agencies have publicly denounced another agency for unethical, or illegal activities, and worked with the civil authorities to get the agency closed down?
2. How many adoption agencies, or adoption industry lobbyists, have petitioned Congress to include “trafficking for adoption” in the official definition of trafficking?
3. How many adoption agencies publically owned up to any of the problems that shut down Guatemala, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, or reported illegal activities to the authorities?
Of course some great adoptive parents have spoken up, created groups like PEAR and REFORM TALK and ETHICA (closed). Other adoptive parents have posted blog entries, repeatedly, like this series of posts about adopting in the DRC, and have been attacked by others for daring to speak up. Others like Prof. David Smolin who has published papers, and spoken at conferences on child-laundering for adoption. But I never see anyone in the “adoption industry” trying to do anything other than make more adoptions happen, faster. I am open to being proven wrong, but I cannot remember ever seeing otherwise. Perhaps if they walked the walk…
How many wrongful adoptions are too many? 1, 100, 1,000, 10,000… How many?
“I have learned that to be with those I like is enough”
― Walt Whitman
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