In the past weeks, months, years, I was made aware of the division within feminist movements, especially when I did a paper on Eco-Feminism. The biggest complaints of women of color and poor women, were that too may “feminist” organizations didn’t care about their issues. They were only interested in furthering their own interests and of climbing the ladder of patriarchy. Being better competitors, business executives, climbing the ladder, but not changing the fundamentals that cause inequalities.
Adoption (Also viewed as trafficking) is a topic that many people who are in the movement stay away from or advocate for. There are too many reasons why feminists especially, should Not advocate for adoption.
Let me first specify, that any Industry that does not admit any fault, or attempts to shun / silence / kill its victims is not an industry that cares about the lives it works for. No industry should create victims in order to capitalize on the services or products that it profits by. Unfortunately, adoption is trafficking.
1) Adoption / trafficking is a systemic problem/issue.
Infants and children who transfer from one home to another are never asked for their permission. Many mothers were forced to relinquish in maternity homes, work homes, or in hospitals. The majority of the women were poor. Those who were middle class were being threatened with poverty, most often by their parents who stated they would forcibly kick them out of the house if they did not relinquish their child. There was a systemic attempt to procure infants for those able to pay the price. Poor people can not adopt a white infant child due to the costs associated. There is an intense propaganda machine attempting to brainwash women into relinquishing. There have been movies created on how US agencies will kill parents in other countries for their babies.
2) Media perpetuates the idea that women are sex objects, pregnancy is the woman’s fault, and placing a child for adoption is angelic. This goes with a disordered action plan of Idealize, Devalue and Discard. Pregnant women are treated with great idolization, unless / until they challenge the adoption system or say no to having their baby adopted, or change their mind. Then they are devalued, a type of emotional abuse designed to keep them buying into the kool-aid. Then, once their infant has been secured and the mother has signed the papers, then they are discarded.
3) Once you place a child for adoption, you are mean, cruel, selfish, and nothing that a mother says in negative light of adoption is taken seriously. In addition, adults who were adopted / trafficked are also shunned and silenced if they say anything negative about either their personal experience, or the adoption / trafficking system in general.
5) There is no legal repercussions once a child is placed. Very Rarely do the mothers (or fathers for that matter) who attempt to get their children back succeed.
This is a “non-profit” business model with a profit of over $7 Billion dollars annually, and rising. There is no accountability in the system for those who were victims of fraud or coercion. Where do you go to get justice? Many attorney referral services will tell you to hire an adoption attorney, but most don’t process claims of coercion or fraud. Family law attorneys will state that it is a domestic issue, and are not equipped to handle coercion / fraud. Criminal lawyers will state that because it is adoption, it is a domestic dispute, and will refuse to handle such cases. This isn’t even to mention the cost of hiring an attorney. And, speaking of international adoption, if you think its hard to get an attorney in the US, imagine being in another country and not being able to speak English. Then, people have stolen your child like back in the days of Georgia Tann, and you are completely without resources to get your child back.
6) Current adoption laws are based on hating women and especially poor women. These sealed records and lies were brought about by Georgia Tann, an adopter, lawyer, and social worker who hid her crimes of child trafficking by sealing all records. Today, the system continues to support child trafficking. Georgia Tann’s comment was that, “it was better for children to die (as many did in her care) than to be raised by poor people”.
7) There has been countless brainwashing in maternity homes, pressure in hospitals, adoption agencies, and schools, that has resulted in needless separation of children from their mothers.
The National Council for Adoption has funded the media and created an infant adoption training program to teach lawyers and social workers how to gaslight and brainwash women who are pregnant. It is intentional propaganda.
8) The lack of education of adoption issues forces both natural families and adopted persons into silence in many instances. Most often, due to the extreme propaganda of adoption, many people become perpetrators of adoption / trafficking advocacy.
10) Not all adopted persons even know they are adopted, because of state sealed records. Original birth certificates are sealed, Amended Birth Certificates are created replacing Original Birth Certificates with the pretending “as if” model. This has destroyed any integrity of history.
11) Women who have more power and control (because of age, class, politics and status) who intimidate, lie, and manipulate other women is a direct act of injustice, as is what happens in adoption.
12) The grief that mothers feel after losing their child is more than any person should have to experience in their entire lifetime. This pain is too much for many, and they take their own lives.