Vegans of Color

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Statement on Haiti from Adoptees of Color February 2, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Royce @ 10:21 am
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… We understand that in a time of crisis there is a tendency to want to act quickly to support those considered the most vulnerable and directly affected, including children. However, we urge caution in determining how best to help. We have arrived at a time when the licenses of adoption agencies in various countries are being reviewed for the widespread practice of misrepresenting the social histories of children. There is evidence of the production of documents stating that a child is “available for adoption” based on a legal “paper” and not literal orphaning as seen in recent cases of intercountry adoption of children from Malawi, Guatemala, South Korea and China. We bear testimony to the ways in which the intercountry adoption industry has profited from and reinforced neo-liberal structural adjustment policies, aid dependency, population control policies, unsustainable development, corruption, and child trafficking…

The entire statement can be found here.

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4 Responses to “Statement on Haiti from Adoptees of Color”

  1. larryk12309 Says:

    AMEN!

    A story that quickly comes to mind was the awful plane crash that took place trying to get orphan children out of Vietnam.

  2. prof susurro Says:

    thank you. I was planning a post on Haitian children and adoption today and this will make for a critical piece of that.

  3. “A lot of what adoption is about is poverty: a lack of access to contraception and abortion, a lack of access to the resources to raise children. And a lot of what poverty is about in America is racism.” – from Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption by Barbara Katz Rothman.

    It could also be said that a lot of what adoption is about in America is racism: drug laws that disproportionately criminalize people of color and a lack of social services to help get people off drugs.

    And that’s domestic adoptions.

    Regardless of the problematic social structures, though, children in need are children in need. I think it’s important to tread carefully when discussing adoption if you’re not an adoptive parent, adoptive child, or birth parent. As a white foster-to-adopt mom of a black baby, I’m extremely hurt by anyone questioning my intentions.

    • Royce Says:

      Which is why I only linked to a statement from adoptees of color. It is incredibly important to tread carefully as I am a non-adopted child and not a birth parent, but I think it is just as important for adoptive parents to tread carefully, which in regards to Haitian children has proven itself not to be the case, despite the pure intentions of most people.


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