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Thursday, February 15, 2024

FILM: A Place Between - The Story of an Adoption

By Trace Hentz (blog editor) REBLOG from 2019

I run across comments by adoptive parents and PAPS (potential adoptive parents) asking why is it wrong for non-Natives to adopt Native kids?  Volumes have been written about this, on this blog, and in medical studies and published reports but we STILL have people who don't understand.

Curtis and Ashok Kaltenbaugh were born in Manitoba and are of First Nations ancestry. After the 1980 death of their younger brother, at ages of 7 and 4 respectively, they were removed from the custody of their birth mother and placed for adoption with a middle-class white family living in Pennsylvania.

 Here is an example on Adoption.com:

I'm watching this documentary right now on demand. Its about these two Native American boys (now adults) who were adopted from foster (care) in Canada to an American (CC) family in Redding, PA.  They were adopted as young boys so they remembered being with the bmom and now one of the boys is making a film about being between both families.  I thing that bothers me is the younger brother has basically at 18 yrs old left his adoptive family and went back to Canada to bio family and he hasn't talked to his AP's in 8 years.  His issues are growing up without his NA identity and racism he dealt with being NA in a all CC environment.  Actually both boys are living in Canada now.  The older brother still has a relationship with his AP's. As an AP I would take it as a slap in the face if my kid just left and wouldn't talking to me for 8 yrs.  Its like these boys bio mom was an alcoholic who had her kids taken away because she was neglecting them.  She said herself she would be drunk for 6 weeks straight and have no idea what day or month it is.  Also leaving these babies at home by themselves while she's out partying and they have to change each diapers etc...  So you have this family come in and give you a stable home and love and yet because they are CC you just leave??  Im wondering if this something that happens more often with older kids adoption from foster care?  Like I said earlier it really annoys me but a great watch anyways. LINK



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A Place Between - The Story of an Adoption, Curtis Kaltenbaugh, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

A Place Between – The Story of an Adoption is a 2007 documentary film dealing with cross-cultural adoption and aboriginal life in Canada. It was directed by First Nations adoptee Curtis Kaltenbaugh and produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
The film chronicles their search for identity and the meeting of their adoptive and birth families.
The film won Best Public Service Award at the Annual American Indian Film Festival, held in San Francisco during November 2007.[wiki]



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