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Saturday, November 17, 2012

What kind of adoptee are you? #NAAM

It's National Adoption Awareness Month. Yes, there is more than one kind of adoptee. Knowing your circumstances could really help you. Every adoptee needs history to understand their predicament.

  • Are you an orphan baby? Were your first parents deceased? Think of Orphan Trains where children were taken off the city streets and shipped to farmlands in the midwest.

  • Are you an abandoned or relinquished baby? Did your birth mother abandon you or give you up to authorities? Seven million (+) adoptees are now living in the USA, and most adoptees will fall into this category.

  • Are you a rescue baby? Were you adopted from a Third World Country like Guatemala or Haiti (such as Operation Airlift) -  the result of oppressive poverty affecting babies and children, or were you sold by unscrupulous baby-selling operations?

  • Are you an adoptee from Korea or China or Russia or _____, where your governments decided you should be sent to the US and adopted? There are statistics for some (not all) intercountry adoptions. (see below)

  • Are you a Native American adoptee? Were you taken from your reservation and parents as part of a program that systematically adopted out Indian Children to non-Indian parents - a program designed to kill the Indian in you (using cultural genocide via assmilation)? Over the past 100 years, it's hard to know the number of children who were subjected to this form of adoption.

  • Are you a kinship adoptee? Were you adopted by a member of your own biological family?

The number of orphan visas issued for intercountry adoptions is tracked by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Demographic Statistics Branch, Statistics Division. For more information on intercountry adoptions, visit the U.S. State Department's Web site, at
How Many Children Were Adopted in 2007 and 2008?
Series Title: Numbers and Trends
Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Provides national statistical estimates for the total number of children adopted in the United States in fiscal years 2007 and 2008. The report includes highlights of the data; findings on the numbers of public agency, intercountry, and other adoptions; and data aggregations in exhibits, tables, and appendices. Data were collected by State courts, State bureaus of vital records, the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs.

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It is hard to understand the extent of the attacks on Indian Country. We are sending a short series of emails this month with a few examples of attacks that are happening across Indian Country and how we are standing firm for justice.

Today, we look at recent effort to undo laws put in place to protect Native American children and families. All children deserve to be raised by loving families and communities. In the 1970s, Congress realized that state agencies and courts were disproportionately removing American Indian and Alaska Native children from their families. Often these devastating removals were due to an inability or unwillingness to understand Native cultures, where family is defined broadly and raising children is a shared responsibility. To stop these destructive practices, Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

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To Veronica Brown

Veronica, we adult adoptees are thinking of you today and every day. We will be here when you need us. Your journey in the adopted life has begun, nothing can revoke that now, the damage cannot be undone. Be courageous, you have what no adoptee before you has had; a strong group of adult adoptees who know your story, who are behind you and will always be so.