What They Won’t Tell You About Adoption

Hi all, I’m Janine, a co-founder of Adoption Truth and Transparency Worldwide Network  (Est. 2011), along with my twin (Jenette). You might have also seen us around as the Vance Twins. We’ve always wanted to tell you how much we appreciate each and every member. We can’t believe how fast time has gone and how quickly this group has grown!

Unlike groups initiated by agency lobbyists and their special-interest groups, ATTWN is aligned with all international and domestic treaties recognizing equal rights for all people and founded upon innate natural laws. This is what I refer to as The Law of Nature or the Natural Law of Identity.

I remember when we were coming up with a name for this group: The word “truth” came to mind after having read several accounts from adopted people that differed from the “fairytale” stories adoption agencies and their followers had pushed us to share while ignoring our concerns and additional burdens.

The word “transparency” also came to mind. Adoption agencies should be transparent when it comes to paperwork. Too many of us were told that there had been a fire or a flood, and therefore little to no records exist.

I also thought it was fitting that the word “trans” depicts the change and transfer of children who are “placed” for adoption. (Ever notice how the industry claims that they are “serving” children when they “place” them for adoption? This rhetoric softens the blow of what the public believes adoption to be—and what the families of loss believe it to be.)

Like many in ATTWN, my sister and I believe that all humans should have access to every document that pertains to the adopted person. ATTWN is also aligned with the original intent of the UNCRC, which recommends less severe and less invasive methods of child welfare. This includes care from immediate and extended family members (kinship care), community care, temporary and even permanent guardianship. Child welfare methods that allow for the child to retain his/her true identity, and remain in contact with their blood relatives—not just the biological mother and father, but also including siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents on both the maternal and paternal side.