5 Reasons Why International Adoption Needs to Stop.
International adoption, often viewed as a noble act of providing a better life for orphaned children, has a complex underbelly that demands our attention. The Adoption Industry shakes the very foundations of identity and family connections. In this blog, we delve into how international adoption inadvertently disrespects in-country care, export children, and permanently erase their true identities, leaving adoptees with an unfillable void.
1. Disrupting In-Country Care:
While the intention behind international adoption is seen as noble, it neglects the potential of enhancing in-country care systems. The demand for children from other countries can divert resources and attention from strengthening the support systems that could keep families intact, ultimately disrupting the fabric of communities and cultures.
2. The Export of Children:
International adoption leads to a heartbreaking reality where children are essentially exported from their home countries. This results in a loss of cultural heritage, language, and connections to their birthplaces. The practice inadvertently reinforces a sense of displacement and rootlessness that can affect adopted individuals throughout their lives.
3. Erasing True Identity:
One of the most profound consequences of international adoption is the erasure of adoptees’ true identities. The lack of access to birth records, family trees, and information about blood relatives deprives adoptees of a fundamental understanding of their roots. This identity void can lead to a lifelong struggle to reconcile their sense of self.
4. The Tragic Lack of Rights:
The Adoption Industry’s approach often denies adoptees the basic human right to access their own files, birth records, and information about their birth families. This lack of transparency leaves adoptees in a state of perpetual unknowing, unable to connect with their true blood relations or fully understand their own personal histories.
5. A Lifetime of Search and Yearning:
The absence of vital information propels many adoptees into a lifelong search for their roots. The yearning to connect with their birth families and discover their true identities becomes an unending quest. This emotional toll highlights the need for a more humane approach to adoption that preserves connections rather than severing them.
The paradox of international adoption is its dual role of providing permanent homes for children but inadvertently taking away their fundamental rights and identities. To address this complex issue, we must acknowledge the consequences of this well-intentioned practice. It’s time for a FULL STOP to international adoption, placing the preservation of identities and connections at the forefront. Only through a collective effort can we ensure that the rights and well-being of every child and family are upheld with the utmost respect and dignity.
** For precise details on The Hague Convention vs. the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), visit here.
This article is inspired by the work of Janine Myung Ja, Co-founder of Adoption Truth and Transparency Worldwide Information Network.
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