• daniel-ibn-zayd

    Thank you for the review of this book, it bears witness to the lifting of the fog among professionals in the field who are starting to realize what those of us who have returned to our lands of birth know  and have known to be the truth for a long time now: Adoption is trafficking. Whether in Korea (where adoptees have led the battle to end adoption) or Guatemala, or Lebanon (where I am now), or any other source country, the systemic dispossession of children from those least able to defend themselves to provide for a class of people at the top of the economic and political hierarchy is the same, and follows on the heels of the economic liberalization of these countries or else profits from war, disasters, or willful destruction and the ensuing global inequalities so produced.

    What is needed is a redefinition of “adoption” as opposed to “foster care” or “guardianship”, where the first is the providing of children to form nuclear families at the expense of the child’s extended family and community, while the second is a communal contract to collectively take care of others’ children when his or her parents are unable to do so for whatever reason. This is the difference in definition that reveals the individualistic and nuclear-family based mindset that sees children as property, as opposed to how the majority of the world acts and lives.

    I can only hope that this book goes far in empowering mothers in the Global South who have lost what is most precious to them. Those in the First World would do well to truly search their souls and realize what the right thing to do is in this matter.

  • cmarie

    I’d also like to thank you for this review and I’m anxious to read the book.  Some people (corrupt attorneys and those holding children they know to have been trafficked) will argue that once a child has spent a certain amount of time with the “adoptive” family he or she has “bonded” and will be hurt if returned to his or her natural family.  This argument, they believe, is their trump card.  The truth is that any nine year old with a library card can get internet access, google their name and if there is a story there, find it.  Yes, certainly it would be confusing for a five or six year old to be returned to her natural family in a country she may find unfamiliar and a language she may have (temporarily) forgotton.  But, imagine how much worse it would be for the same child a few years later to learn that not only was he/she kidnapped but is also legally forbidden from returning home until such time as his or her eighteenth birthday… another nine years!…certainly even if your ONLY concern is the future emotional welfare of the child, there is only one answer… returning them to their natural families immediately!

  • adoptauthor

    Thank you Karen.

    Siegal has written a very important, powerful and poignant book that hopefully anyone and everyone considering adopting a child from anywhere will read.  

    This corruption is not limited to Guatemala. Child Trafficking for adoption has been documented in China, India, Nepal, Somalia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Ethiopia and elsewhere. All over the world children are at risk of being snatched and claimed as abandoned, sold to orphanages with falsified papers and made available to meet the huge market demand.

    “How is it really possible that these families honestly believe that such a sum is anything other than the fuel that fed the fires of graft and greed in Guatemala?”  Indeed!   

    Until people “desperate” for a child at any price stop being so willing to support this corruption, there will be criminals to fill their orders with other women’s children. Each of us needs to decide whether we chose to be part of the solution or part of the problem. We need to wake up an recognize that taking children one at a time does nothing to ameliorate the poverty of their family, siblings, village or nation.  Adopting Internationally puts you at risk for receiving a kidnapped child.

    And, there are so many other ways to help children such as being a foster parent, adopting from US foster care, or donating to charities such as SOS Children’s Fund, UNICEF, Save the Children, all of whom because they work directly with impoverished children and families firmly believe that International Adoption should be a LAST REORT!

    Those thinking of adoption need to read, educate themselves, face the truth and make IA their last resort.

    Mirah Riben, author, THE STORK MARKET: America’s Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry

     

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