Introducing a global hub for human rights advocacy for families separated by adoption inspired by the book Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists. Collectively, we shed light on the hidden side of adoption.
Adoption Truth and Transparency Worldwide Network monitors, find resources, scrutinizes, investigates, critiques adoption policies and procedures, raises awareness and shares diverse and global adoption experiences. We offer a truer perspective of the adoption process given by those who have lived it (as opposed to the one-sided narratives promoted by agency marketing campaigns).
Adoption Truth and Transparency Worldwide Network was created to give folks and long lost family members, who have been separated and/or exploited by adoption profiteers and adoption trafficking, a place to share their stories.
Adoption Truth and Transparency Worldwide Network seeks to reconnect the mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents of adoption loss with adopted people who have been separated from their family, roots, and origins, to come together and learn about each other and build a social and global network.
“Has the global push for adoption exploited mothers worldwide? Adoption History summarizes the inception and expansion of the adoption industry, focusing on its roots and consequences kept from public awareness.
For years, facilitators have denied adoptees access to documents that could lead them back to their families. In defense of the rights of adopted people, a true Ethiopian orphan briefly speaks her mind about adoption. Then, going back in time, the attention shifts from African adoptions (what’s been trending) to the 1954 Evangelical Baby “Swoop” Era, to the 1854 Orphan Train Movement, and finally to the European Child Migration Schemes. This research supports those who have ever felt isolated due to the industry’s privacy and lack of transparency. Taken children–now adults–are critiquing a global man-made market. This orphan’s perspective is meant to inform vulnerable communities against a fierce industry that professes God is on their side. It is only natural for Mother-Nature to recover itself. This research is motivated by a Haitian adoptee who died of heart failure after learning that he had been trafficked to France for overseas adoption but was never able to acquire justice due to the public’s love affair with the practice. This short book deconstructs the industry and acknowledges the families left behind.”
The History of Child Adoption
Janine Myung Ja, author of Adoption History 101 is the compiler and co-editor of two anthologies: Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists and The ‘Unknown’ Culture Club: Korean Adoptees, Then and Now.
Myung Ja’s exploration of adoption is far more than a history. She critically examines the “Cult – ure” revealing the hidden side of adoption that has been systematically kept from public view for the benefit of profits.”
“ . . . the inception and growth of the adoption industry, focusing on its roots and its never-ending life-altering consequences kept from public awareness” for “the benefit of profits and proselytizing.”
Because adoption today is rooted in the overseas shipment of children, she starts her 187-page historical journey, packed with quotes from adoptees, with the1618 European Child Migration Schemes that began with Australian Aborigines. From there she explores the 1854 American Orphan Trains followed by the 1954 Evangelical Orphan Planes from Asia. Finally, she takes readers to 1984 and Trafficking from Haiti and Africa, noting that adoption began with:
“…three purposes: to populate colonies, to improve the economy, and to appear philanthropic . . . [by] labeling children first as orphans.”
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Adoption Truth and Transparency Worldwide Network is devoted explicitly to the needs of adopted people, progressive activists, artists, educators, grassroots human rights organizations, and long lost family members who want to know the history of the adoption institution, share resources, and is built around progressive discussion. If you are an advocate for social equality, human rights, and child rights, this global community will give you the assurances you need as you speak and write on the topic—because, in reality, we are the authentic voices of adoption. We all can agree that those of us adopted deserve to be the dominant voice in the industry.
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