This is the brainchild of the Pound Pup Legacy blog, as its creators noticed that many of the recipients of the Angels in Adoption Awards have nothing to do
with adoption from foster care (of which we heartily approve), and their main achievement is making a sound business--and worthy of not only approval but adulation--out of the commerce in children.
We have written about some of the inglorious bastards who are among the nominees at Pound Pup: A (sic) Act of Love agency in Utah (for grabbing a kid from a Virginia father who wants to raise his son); Adoption By Gentle Care, and Ohio-based agency (also for trying to keep a father from raising his son but they finally lost); the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (for relentlessly promoting their pro-adoption policy to single parents, and also see above at A (sic) Act of Love); the whole state of Utah (also see above, it's basically a church-state having a love affair with adoption); Adoption.Com (for censoring all who do not agree with the pro-adoption philosophy of the Mormons who run the site; Elizabeth Bartholet (for encouraging the wholesale distribution of children from poor countries to rich ones under the guise of doing good in the world. Having debated the women on national television myself, I know how firmly she believes she is doing, ah, some misguided good work.
In their categories, Jane and I are both voting for the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS or the Mormon faith) and the whole State of Utah, where Mormonism predominates, for their utter and relentless promotion of adoption the encourages single mothers to relinquish their children to married couples, and the total disregard for the rights of fathers who wish to raise their own children. However, we differ on the third category, The Mouthpieces. She is voting for Jane Aronson, for her promotion of adoption while ignoring unethical practices in the industry; I'm voting for Adoption.Com for keeping all critical comments of adoption off their site. I was "banned" after about two days, which I suppose is analogous to being "shunned" by a cult. I took it as a badge of honor.
Following are the nominees, read on and cast you ballot at:
Demons of Adoption Awards.
And do vote! It's too much fun not to.--lorraine
The Adoption Industry
|A Act of Love Adoption Agency||for purposefully finding ways to circumvent father's consent,|
|Adoption by Gentle Care||for keeping a young boy (Thad Wyrembek aka Grayson Vaughn) from his biological father|
|Lifetime Adoption||for predating on vulnerable pregnant women|
|Adoptions by Shepherd Care||for coercive domestic adoptions out of Florida|
|Celebrate Children International||for their association with Guatemalan kidnapping cases|
|Susana Luarca||for her involvement in Guatemalan kidnapping cases|
|The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints||for running one of the largest baby peddling rings in the world|
Adoption regulators should in principle provide the legislation to keep the adoption industry honest. Unfortunately more often than not, legislators see lax adoption regulation as a means to pander to their constituents. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is a prime example of the incestuous relationship between the adoption industry and legislators.
Without proper oversight, adoption has become a government sanctioned form of baby brokering, where children are sold to the highest bidder, without considering the suitability of the adopting family.
This year's most notably negligent regulators are:
|U.S. Department of State||for its prolonged silence in the on-going Guatemalan adoption-kidnapping cases|
|Senator Mary Landrieu||for ignoring all ethics concerns regarding adoption and promoting the business interest of the adoption industry in congress|
|The State of Utah||for their draconian adoption laws, especially with regards to father's rights|
|Florida Department of Children & Families||for their lack of monitoring in the Nubia and Victor Barahona case, and for allowing some of the most unethical agencies to set up shop in the State of Florida |
What and where would the multi-billion dollar international adoption industry be without dedicated advocates and promoters? The mouth-pieces of the adoption industry play a very important role, as these are the names, faces, and voices that reach the public, thanks to the internet and much help from local and national media. Unfortunately, the powerful adoption lobby and its acolytes can be found almost on a daily basis in various media formats, covering-up (and down-playing) the many ethical concerns that exist in recent and current day adoption practices.
The end result is a dis-service to many as these reports and focus-points are often limited portrayals of the adoption experience, as they really exist for so many touched - and harmed - by adoption. Nominees for the most myopic and misleading mouth-pieces in Adoptionland include: