Intercountry Perspectives from Families Separated by Adoption:  Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Haiti, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Norway, Scotland, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Did you know most children who are adopted internationally are not actually orphans, but have been given the label in order to be processed overseas?
If you were adopted, if you have lost a child to adoption, if you are a member of a family that has been separated by adoption, or if you have worked on behalf of the victims who have been trafficked for adoption, you are not alone.  This collection was compiled for you and will validate your adoption experience.
For more than sixty years, facilitators have promoted their own versions of the adoption story.
Now it is our turn.
In the past, adopted people have accepted incomplete paperwork, dismissed our origins, and accepted our second-class citizenry.
Not anymore.
A global human rights movement is now in motion that values people over profit and family preservation over adoption separation.  With this new collection, we are proud to present some of the loudest and softest voices in this international campaign for social justice.
Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists


"This is a must read for anyone. A captivating book that brings us the voices of those who live the consequences of adoption. The world at large should listen and draw conclusions. We cannot undo mistakes happened in the past, but we can make sure that such mistakes will not happen again."

Roelie Post, Civil Servant of the European Commission and author of For Export Only: The Untold Story of the Romanian Orphans.

”AdoptionLand is a vital contribution to a new genre of books, films, documentaries, and blogs intending to #FlipTheScript on adoption by giving voice to those who have been muted, disregarded, and marginalized as disgruntled, "bitter" or "angry." AdoptionLand should be required reading by adoptive and pre-adoptive parents, anyone considering placing a child for adoption, lawmakers, all who work in the field, and all who are concerned with social justice, human rights, and child rights. It is also highly recommended for anyone wanting to know what it's like to be adopted."

Mirah Riben, Researcher & Writer on adoption since 1979. Author of The Stork Market: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry.

“The unknown reality of the adoption industry is something we all need to be aware of, it’s what’s driving our film. Adoptionland’s personal reveal of these circumstances has reinvigorated my heart and mind. Thank you for giving voice to such a complex issue that will certainly be a major cultural discussion of this century.”

Drew Nicholas, Director/Producer Blood Memory

"Our continued social activism in books like ADOPTIONLAND will provide healing and answers to those still lost due to adoption and counter the adoption policies, propaganda and practices that countries and institutions still refuse to deal with, even in 2014."

Trace A. Demeyer,  author of Two Worlds: Lost Children of the Indian Projects and Called Home

"Adoptionland is an insightful and groundbreaking anthology of essays by adoptees and other victims of adoption-loss who are now activists. It is a must read for anyone with an interest in adoption, migration research, human rights or anti-racism, as well as for adult adoptees, their partners and allies. Very highly recommended!"

Adoption Reform International

"...The last years have brought new insights from an institution shielded by secrecy. A recent book, Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists gives the perspective of the adoptees...."

Mariela Neagu, Secretary of State for Children's Rights in Romania (2007–2009). MST in International Human Rights Law from the Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford. "The Uncomfortable Place of Intercountry Adoption in the Human Rights Arena"

Janine Myung Ja


International multi-award recipient and gold-medalist author, Janine Myung Ja, Ph.D., is an adoption researcher, and a rights-based activist for people adopted and long-lost families.

Adoption Books for Adults

"Janine presents a compelling, rational, highly-researched foundation for advocating an evolutionary appraisal of the adoption world, followed by an equal inclusion of adoptee voices in creating positive change in the system. What makes her collection so compelling is the deeply personal revelations of the writers regarding their unique experiences, the profoundly troubling reports (much understated) of mental and physical abuse, as well as the startling recognition of how severely adoption procedures and practices are weighted in favor of existing, profit-motivated institutions as opposed to adoptee rights and consideration."

Joel R. Dennstedt

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Adoption Truth and Transparency Worldwide Network

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An Expanded View on Adoption