Excellent Articles About Adoption

There have been a lot of articles lately that do an excellent job of describing what is wrong with adoption as it is practiced today. I’m sure I’ll miss some but here is a list of those I have encountered recently. Many of these concern international adoption, but the lessons learned could be equally applied to domestic adoption. With so many articles like this, I wonder if we are seeing a change in the perception of adoption as 100% warm happy fuzzy rainbows. I hope so because I, for one, would welcome some fresh perspectives on the subject.


  1. Excellent! Thank you!

  2. Nice list! I’m also beginning to compile a list.

  3. My personal fave out of all the excellent articles you cited was the woman who went overboard on the culture train. I personally believe that “culture” can only be transmitted by people of that culture. It is not a let’s-do-this-neat-stuff experience but a side-by-side experience where you just soak it up. The person who adopts internationally has to admit that he/she/they can’t really provide that.

  4. Osolomama–I think you mean the article by Mei-Ling Hopgood? I just finished her memoir “Lucky Girl” and it touches on some of the same issues.

  5. Triona – check this out about the “costs of adoption” – from http://christianadoption.blogspot.com go to Dec. 1, 2008…
    Updated Adoption Situations from our CAC Site!
    1.) *NEW* Hisp Unk Gender, April, $25-$30K

    2.) *NEW* Caucasian/African-American Unk Gender, March, $25-$30K

    3.) *NEW* African-American Girl, 2/14/09, $16K

    4.) *NEW* African-American Girl, Feb ’09, $16K

    5.) Caucasian/Hispanic Unk Gender (cocaine exp first two months), 11/25/08, $30K

    6.) African-American/Caucasian Boy, 12/29/08, $20K

    7.) African-American Girl, 1/12/09, $16K

    8.) African-American Unk Gender, Feb ’09, $15-$20K

    9.) African-American Boy, Feb ’09, $15-$20K

    10.)African-American Unk Gender, $15-$20K

    11.) Caucasian Unk Gender, March, $30-$35K

    12.)African-American Twins (premature – still in hospital – born 11/15/08) Family needs to be from Utah or be willing to be in Utah for months. Fees are $20K with consideration for the outcome of children.

    13.) African-American Boy, 1/20/09, $16K

    14.) African-American Unk Gender, 1/12/09, $20K

    15.) African-American Boy, 1/14/09, $16K

    16.) African-American Unk Gender, 1/27/09, $20K

  6. Yes, that’s the one. Boy, Triona–you really keep up with the adoption reading! How did you like Kay Johnson’s book?

  7. d28bob–That’s just sick. It reminds me of shopping for computer parts (“2GB for only $100, act now”!). Except this is for CHILDREN. Ugh!

    osolomama–Yes, I finished Wanting A Daughter, Needing A Son. I thought it was very good and gave me a much better insight into international adoption. It’s far more complicated than I thought. I also recently finished Jane Jeong Trenka’s memoir “The Language Of Blood” which is one of the most powerful I have ever read.

    If anyone has adoption book recommendations, let me know. I’m compiling a list of those, too.