The comment that always pops up in discussions about ethics and adoption
I am still working on reading all the discussions that have been started since “The Child Catchers” by Kathryn Joyce was published. Really enjoying seeing both the responses and the pennies dropping. It’s good – but I knew this comment was coming because it comes up on every discussion on ethics and adoption. Paraphrased to spare the person who left the comment about why discussing it was bad, and you should only speak to a specific case or agency on a post talking about ethics and corruption in international adoption.
We don’t want people to think we bought our children, or for our children to think they were bought.
You can’t un-ring the bell on the world knowing that there have been, and are wrongful adoptions happening right along side adoptions that are done correctly. There is proof of more than the rare case when entire countries have closed due to widespread problems that don’t magically disappear from international adoption, simply, because one country closes. The choice is whether you are willing to do something about it to show both the world, and your child, that an adoption has to be done right, or not at all. This discussion needed to happen and trying to shut it down only means that wrongful adoptions will continue to happen when accountability isn’t a requirement by those paying the adoption fees.
“I have learned that to be with those I like is enough”
― Walt Whitman
Oct 2014: You may speak freely, but please try to use words that everyone can hear about your individual story or view. If you don't, those who can actually benefit won't hear it, I want to see change in my lifetime. I may refuse to approve certain comments.
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