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It is misleading to conceptualize the needs and concerns of prospective parents as being somehow outside of or separate from the needs and concerns of the nation. Individuals who adopt from abroad do so within a particular domestic/international/political context. Their needs and desires are socially constructed and emerge out of the same domestic/international/political and economic context as the policies that formally address national needs and concerns. —Kirsten Lovelock, “Intercountry Adoption as a Migratory Practice”; International Migration Review
Stunningly awesome writing from Snow Leopard.
The Mason jars are prepped; the pectin’s hot;
and orphaned berries plucked from far and wide
weep juice in bowls and plates and wait their turn
to be preserved—this season’s sweetest thing.
Some goes bad before it can be sold,
while others never make it to the floor
or shelf; a few expire, some just get old;
and others go on sale or get returned.
From dusty boxes stored away, they break
the wax to taste the jam and silver spoons
disturb the sticky skin; this sample takes a bit
by bit away, takes something out of it,
but that’s the game. Let none be bound for land-
fill’s waste; still, there’s no accounting for taste.
The Best of Open Adoption Blogs list celebrates the best of online writing about openness in adoption from 2012, as selected by the blogging community. Bloggers could contribute posts they wrote as well as posts written by others. Submissions will be added to the list through January 31, so if your favorite post isn’t listed, be sure to submit it.
The submissions are listed in the order in which they were received–no “best of the best” or rankings here.
Section I: Recognizing Our Own Writing
When a Birthmother Closes an Open Adoption. by Claudia Corrigan D’Arcy of Musings of the Lame–Life as a Birthmother
Insecurities and Doubts about Adopting by Wendy of Our Story: A Blog About Open Adoption
My public speaking debut by Traathy of Happily Ever After
How the Today Show ʺExpertsʺ Botched a Question on Open Adoption by Lori Lavender Luz of LavenderLuz
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Please resume sending your children to America, even though they are sucky and broken and they make us kill them.
Seriously, Russia, we are pissed. You know we’ve always cared more about your kids than you have. Why, we only killed seventeen of the horrible, destructive, FAS-riddled, evil, homicidal/suicidal children you sent. We only put one of them on a plane, and that was only because the insane, destructive child deserved it. We only ditched one pair of tiny baby twins in the street in St. Petersburg. And we only adopted one child for the express purpose of raping her and making kiddie porn…as far as you or we know, anyway.
As articles and editorials in US newspapers will assure you, the number of Russian children we tortured, killed, or discarded is “relatively small,” and you ditch your bad kids on us anyway, so what’s…
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Understanding permanence and what this means for children in care in England was the subject this morning at the first session of the Care Inquiry.
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Today is the first day of National Adoption Month.
I was separated from my family and my country by adoption.
My family was destroyed by adoption.
A baby-selling company known as Holt Children’s Services/ Holt International put me up for adoption without the consent and knowledge of my father and family.
Before adoption, I had a family; I had a father, an older brother, two older sisters, a brother-in-law, a nephew and a niece and many uncles, aunts and cousins.
I was reunited with my sisters after 27 years of separation.
My father died in loneliness of liver disease three years after losing me. My brother died in an accident during the years of separation.
My sisters are my only family.
And yet I speak different language and I’m of different culture than them.
My sisters don’t celebrate adoption.
Have you ever noticed that families separated by adoption don’t celebrate…
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Adoptoraptors steal again!
This snippet from a press release hit my email box this morning: While going through the adoption process, Anderson found a lot of books that talked about adoption but were told from the perspective of the child and the adopting parents. “There was nothing from the birth mother’s point of view,” Anderson says.
Well, I thought, there are actually several such books, but another non-AP perspective, I told myself, is always nice. The article’s title? Author’s adoption experience spurs children’s book.
Wait, what? Chil…? A first mother wrote a children’s book called Inside My Heart: A Tender Story of Adoption? No way. Snif snif: Damnit, I hate the smell of appropriation in the morning. Smells like horseshit.
Sure enough, an adoptive mom has written a heartwarming book for little children about why they were given up from a perspective that is not her own to use at all…
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