Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists

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.

"I have always thought that I may one day adopt a child from a third world country and then I read this book. Boy, I am so glad I did. When I would hear about child trafficking, I always assumed it was “sex trade” I had no idea that it could also include adopted children. Please do your research before you even think about adoption and if you do, look in your own community, state, and country."

Cherie L. Hansen-Rieskamp

”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.

"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.

"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"

For far too long "adoption" has been allowed to continue unchecked. For far too long - fifty, sixty years at least - we have not "heard" the stories from Adopted Persons and First Parents. It was incredibly difficult reading the stories from the first mothers and one from a first father. The highlights of the Irish adoption trade were just terrible. Hearing from transracial adopted persons (Korean persons procured for adoption and trafficked to Norway, Sweden, and the USA) is a must-read.

Adoptive Parent

Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists

A Global Movement

For the first time in adoption history, families of adoption-loss from all over the world unite, each sharing a unique perspective. The anthology’s contributors are emerging, educated, and established writers, promoting the right to original family.

Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists

Experts from Adoptionland

Our anthology, Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists condenses the topic of adoption–a global movement of children–into a revealing look that identifies and acknowledges a crisis specific to orphans who have been torn and isolated from our first families.

Families separated-by-adoption face unique concerns, rarely recognized by the mainstream. Some of the issues we face include forced and coerced relinquishment, child trafficking, reassigned identities, falsified birth records, inaccessibility to one’s family lineage, lack of citizenship, void of cultural connection, belittling of the trauma caused by adoption, resistance toward reunions with family, denial against justice.

All humans—including orphans—should have a right to know and have access to our first family and to ancestral roots. The demand-driven adoption market ignores childrens’ rights.

"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 Researcher

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.

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