Thanks for stopping by! Whatever Things Are True covers politics, policy, and parenting in international adoption. Too often, the way we talk about international adoption reminds me of that old fable about The Blind Men and the Elephant – we tend to confuse one small part of the animal for the whole beast. Although I’m the mother of three via international adoption, I try to take a child-centered approach to adoption issues. I hope you’ll stick around and share your thoughts, too.

For More About International Adoption

  • All the Social Orphans
    Suffolk University Law Professor Sara Dillon on International Children's Rights and Social Orphan Policy
  • Center for Adoption Policy
    Center for Adoption Policy provides research, analysis, advice and education to practitioners and the public about current legislation and practices governing ethical domestic and intercountry adoption in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
    Educates federal policy makers about the need for adoption reform, and coordinates efforts of policy makers and public groups to improve the lives of children.
  • Harvard Law School Child Advocacy Program
    The Child Advocacy Program (CAP) at Harvard Law School is committed to advancing children's interests through facilitating productive interaction between academia and the world of policy and practice, and through training generations of students to contribute in their future careers to law reform and social change.
  • Joint Council on International Children's Services
    Adoption advocacy organization comprised of adoption agencies.

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February 25, 2013


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I'm not sure how that perspective adjusts with her overall, almost cover critique of inter country adoption; absolutely the closing down of techniques must cause to more kids institutionalized and keeping the consequences of that? In any situation, as you say.

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I comprehend how difficult it is to help a terrified kid include into a new members of the family. I know what it's like to think that a kid is forcing my control buttons, difficult, until I'm about to click.


As always, thanks for reading and commenting, Jessica. I really don't think EJ Graff intended the piece to come off that way, but I think that attitude that blames the "damaged child" is one of those ugly stereotypes that creeps in when folks don't realize it.


Thanks for posting this link, Sharon, and for your thoughtful comments here and on the Slate site. Demonizing children who have been traumatized helps no one, and EJ Graff's doing so surprised me. I'm not sure how that viewpoint aligns with her overall, almost blanket criticism of intercountry adoption; surely the shutting down of systems must lead to more children institutionalized and bearing the effects of that? In any case, as you say, what is desperately needed and too often lacking is post-placement support.

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