National Adoption Month

Begun in 1976 in the state of Massachusetts as a way of bringing awareness to the plight of children in foster care, it seems that designating a month to this consciousness has its heart in the right place. This year the focus is on sibling connections–which I hope means that siblings ought to remain together, rather than be separated by adoption. All of this is mostly good. I’d prefer a campaign that got more to the heart of things. Something like “Adoption: Designed for Children Who Need Families.”

National Adoption Month can be a festival of pain and frustration for people who’ve been separated from their loved ones through adoption when it’s paraded about as a fairy tale. Because it’s often not.

But there’s always plenty to read. Type adoption into the search box on Facebook and see what turns up. Check out the links under the take action tab in this blog. Keep your eyes and ears open, and ask yourself how often it’s really necessary to remove an infant from a  mother simply because she is very young, economically disadvantaged, or lacks family support. Is that ever really necessary?

 

 

4 thoughts on “National Adoption Month

  1. End Adoption

    Mom, I love you even though I do not know where you are at and even though my adopted mom did not want me to love you.
    Signed
    11/15/63 WA

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  2. Elizabeth Aquino

    I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but there’s an astounding and shocking article about “foster care,” “adoption,” and, basically, indentured servitude of children in Switzerland. I’ll try to find the link — even beyond the horror of that history, there’s a sub-text about the exploitation of poor and uneducated women that has much relevance your mission to educate about adoption, too.

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  3. JavaMonkey

    Here is the article about the Swiss children who were used as forced labor. The US did something similar with the orphan trains.

    http://m.bbc.com/news/magazine-29765623

    It’s funny to me that I hear this kind of thing being used as a defense of current adoption practice; as in, “Isn’t it better for kids to go to loving families than to be sent to farms or orphanages?”

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