|That's me in the braids.|
By Trace Hentz, Blog Editor
Hi everyone. Do you realize that this blog/website has been here since 2010?
It's even hard FOR ME to remember all that I wrote and posted.
There are hundreds of posts from/about the adoptee perspective. There were many adoptees who started writing in the 2000s, posting on blogs, some even writing books.
It was an avalanche but who was reading? Adoptees mostly. Social Workers/Academics, definitely.
Did it work?
Our intended target was the adoption industry and all the people who planned to adopt a baby. Apparently we failed. We thought people would realize that closed adoption (by strangers) causes harm, trauma, stress, injury and lifelong mental/emotional/physical health issues. We hoped that people would realize the word "adoption" actually means child trafficking,
We hoped that potential adoptive parents (PAPS) would reconsider adopting newborns/babies.
We made suggestions like KINSHIP ADOPTION and LEGAL GUARDIANSHIP instead of the archaic closed adoption system. If a child was a true orphan, with these options at least an adoptee would still have their identity intact. (Yes, there would still be trauma losing birth parents.)
There is also the HISTORY of the Indian Adoption Projects (genocide) HORROR show, as that truth leaked out -- out of that came the book series LOST CHILDREN OF THE INDIAN ADOPTION PROJECTS with Adoptee Voices and history - we had a platform to tell our story.
Here we are in 2022 - we are reentering a NEW dangerous time - some people are listening to adoptees but most are not. (Twitter apparently replaced the blogs. #AdopteeVoices is their hashtag. #FlipTheScript was also used.)
Adoption is touted the solution since Roe v. Wade was overturned.
Some are chanting "adopt adopt" - as if all we adoptees worked for since 2005 was ERASED - WIPED OUT!
But adoptees are not silent: we are still here like my friend Karen:
Unfortunately, it seems that some people think placating those anti-abortion, pro-adoption factions will somehow work in adoptees' favor. This sounds ridiculous to me. These factions created the culture of the Baby Scoop Era & want to return us there. +— Karen Pickell (@Karen_Pickell) June 30, 2022
Karen's website: www.adopteereading.com
Can I ask you a favor? Would you please read this? I wrote about WHAT MY ADOPTION COST ME. My story is your story.
What did being "adopted" cost you?
I look forward to your comments. Trace
(p.s. Thank you for being here and reading.)