“Babies have become commodities” complains baby broker

It’s a profoundly sick society that can’t see the truth of adoption trafficking and profiteering. How can this be 2017?

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Kinton, who founded Amazing Grace nearly 20 years ago, says licensed agencies like hers are struggling to stay in business because pregnant women are choosing to give up their babies through independent facilitators.

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Look, Lady, we all know why your business is failing: Most women want to keep their babies, and nowadays, they can. The pickings were slim when you started, and they’re slimmer now. And that’s great!

“When I first started, we were pairing 20 babies with forever families every year,” Kinton said. “Now a good year is 10.”

If adoption were really about the children this would, of course, be cause for celebration, not whining. God’s “Amazing Grace” is supposed to benefit Ms. Kinton and her paying customers, not babies and their existing families.

With fewer babies to pair, agencies such as Amazing Grace have fewer families paying to complete the adoptions, which keep the agencies afloat.

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The Traffickers (continued) #NAAM2016

Roelie Post in The Traffickers

Roelie PostRoelie works with integrity and empathy. She is the only civil servant that families of adoption-loss trust to protect children. She has the knowledge and expertise. She must be allowed to work on children´s rights, so that families are protected and laws are kept-because children’s rights are Human Rights.

Guest Post:

My name is Janine Vance and I am one of the Vance Twins. When my sister and I were sent to the United States from South Korea in 1972, the pioneering adoption agency gave our adoptive parents a document called “Certificate of Orphanhood.”  This piece of paper gave the impression that we were orphans. Because this document implied that we had no Korean family, we wore whole new identities without question and never thought to look for people who we were told did not exist. The idea of a Korean family did not enter our consciousness while we were young.

It was not until my sister and I were 32 years old that we learned that most children are not truly orphans but were merely giving the label of orphan in order to be processed overseas for intercountry adoption.  What?!?  We felt like we had been living a lie for more than three decades!  This discovery was the catalyst that motivated me to investigate intercountry adoption and how exactly children are obtained by so-called “ethical” adoption agencies.

“Poverty is no reason to take children away.  Poverty is NOT a disease and international adoptions are NOT the solution.” — Roelie Post, Former EU official

After a decade of listening to numerous accounts from global families of adoption-loss—families who have been unnecessarily separated for adoption (but dismissed and ignored because of the public’s love affair for adoption), we’ve met one woman who has truly fought for the proper implementation of children’s rights for the European Commission since 1990.  The name of this hero of ours is Roelie Post, civil servant of the European Commission since 1983.  She is someone, we—adopted people and parents of loss—can trust to truly protect children from being trafficked for intercountry adoption. We applaud Roelie’s work specifically for the stand she took in respect of Romania’s Child Protection.

Devastatingly, a ferocious adoption lobby made up of adoption agencies, lawyers, NGOs, adopters and their allies have given themselves the authority to decide the fate of vulnerable families worldwide.  Adoption facilitators have ignored the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) a legal binding agreement that was originally created to protect the natural-born rights of children all over the world. Perfectly fine methods set forth within the UNCRC such as temporary care and guardianship care, sponsorship, step-parent adoption, kinship care have been ignored for too long – methods that would keep children with their families.

This “adoption lobby” has even built their own legal agreement—a modern day cemented and sanctioned freeway—that has taken precedence over the fate of children from other nations and people.  These agenda—driven individuals have enforced their own ill-conceived belief system—their own definition of Child Protection and The Best Interest of Children (intercountry adoption) via the Hague Adoption Convention (HAC) onto innocent families who could have cared for themselves if given the chance.  The victims and survivors of this system—trusting and naïve families who still live and grieve parent/child separations every single day—have no recourse to seek justice.

Adoption trafficking continues at an alarming rate and no one except for Roelie Post has been courageous enough to fight against the lobby.  In fact, she has been followed, her home office was broken into and ransacked, a plastic gun was left on her doorstep and strange men gestured toward her as if drawing a gun!  Despite being intimidated, she continues to fight for children’s rights.  Roelie Post needs to be held at the highest regard and protected!

Today, foreigners can apply for a license, enter a nation and then expedite precious children overseas before allowing them to be cared for by extended family or the people of their birth community, culture, and country.  Perfectly fine methods set forth within the UNCRC such as temporary care and guardianship care, sponsorship, step-parent adoption, kinship care have been ignored for too long.  Huge amounts of money are crossing hands, children are sold at varying prices depending on the child’s race, and children are photo listed on western websites like little pups on online catalogs.  How dehumanizing!  No child – not even your own – is safe from being targeted and processed overseas.

Intercountry adoption has expanded its web now onto Africa. An Ethiopian child can cost more then $64,000 but to help an Ethiopian parent and child stay together as a family, an estimate of $15 per month.  Today, these agencies are claiming to be advocates for family preservation which deceptively gives them a doorway opened to set up shop within foreign nations and provide “services” – services that could have easily gone directly to the citizens of that nation.  Billions of dollars are crossing the hands of NGOs. Children are being unnecessarily moved across borders.

Today more than 200,000 Korean children have been sent to foreign families.  And they are NOT living “cosmopolitan” lives like assumed by many Koreans.  Rather, they live daily with losses, misunderstandings, feelings of doubt and abandonment by the very country that could have protected them—but didn’t.  Intercountry Adoption only ADDS to the problems a family already has.  Intercountry Adoption does not solve a family’s problems.  The best preventative medicine is to counsel families by organizations who do not have a financial agenda.  We all know that when history is ignored, it is bound to repeat itself.

For every “forever family” created by adoption another family is forever torn apart.

All of this can be stopped!

We need Roelie Post to continue to work within the European Commission on Children´s Rights and trafficking, so that she can continue to protect children’s rights like she has done successfully during the accession process of Romania into the EU and while working for ACT- Against Child Trafficking.

My sister and I applaud Roelie Post for having the courage to carry out her job properly. She is a child’s right expert and a hero to many of us.  Being “saved orphans,” we understand and appreciate the challenges the European Commission had to fight in Romania for children’s rights against a determined force.

Roelie works with integrity and empathy.  She is the only civil servant that families of adoption-loss trust to protect children.  She has the knowledge and expertise.  She must continue to work on children´s rights, so that families are protected and laws are kept-because children’s rights are Human Rights.

Visit Roelie Post’s website here.

Trace contributed a chapter in the Vance’s book ADOPTIONLAND

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Adoption Criminal: @SherrieEldridge

Sherrie Eldridge, self-proclaimed expert on adoption and an adoptee

Daniel’s post is spot-on… he writes:

“The narcissism and egotistical God-delusion of certain adoptive parents is very telling. You haven’t saved anyone when, like a pyromaniac firefighter, your economic and political class caused the very fires that you then claim to have “saved” us from.

And as our voice gets louder, it can only be hoped that first and foremost, children like the one you castigate here (Sherrie) will find like-minded souls to help ease the punishment of “parents” like yourself. And then secondly, that these, the worst remnants of the voice of the status quo of adoption, the criminal profiteers of adoption, the revelers in adoption misery; these, the vestiges of the 1890s, the Baby Scoopers, the Orphan Trainers, will finally be drowned out. Once and for all.”

Source: Adoption Criminal: @SherrieEldridge

[In 2010, Eldridge received the Congressional Angel in Adoption Award from the Honorable Congressman Dan Burton of Indiana. She and Bob traveled to DC to receive the awards.]

NOTE: I ran into her religious rubbish on a yahoo group. She’s authored many books, collected many followers and markets herself as an expert to adoptee and adoptive parents. I call her a dangerous kind of person, propaganda-demonic. …Lara Trace

Crackdown on Baby Trafficking Zeros In on Websites

A woman holds a candle behind a board displaying photos of missing children. The Chinese police said they rescued 382 babies in an operation that broke up four major Internet-based baby-trafficking rings. Chinatopix, via Associated Press A woman holds a candle behind a board displaying photos of missing children. The Chinese police said they rescued 382 babies in an operation that broke up four major Internet-based baby-trafficking rings.

“I gave birth to a girl. She’s eight months old. Because I’m a single mother…” read a message on Realize Your Dream for a Family, a website that the Chinese police say posed as a public welfare group connecting childless couples with children needing homes, but that in reality was a hard-nosed business buying and selling babies.

The “for sale” message ends there, with a visitor unable to open the link a day after the Ministry of Public Security announced that it had broken up four major baby-trafficking rings and arrested more than 1,000 people. The police identified the websites as Realize Your Dream for a Family, Everyone Wants Me, Adopt8 and China Orphan Net. About 30 instant-messenger groups on the popular Tencent QQ service were also being used to discuss details such as the prices of the babies, the police said.

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Adoption Trafficking Forum in Lacey, WA

 Join Intercountry Adoptees: “What is Adoption Trafficking?”

 Lacey Library, Saturday, July 20th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.,

500 College Street SE, Lacey, WA 98503-1240

SPEAKERS:

Vance Twins 

The Vance twins have been interviewed on television, radio, in newspapers and given presentations in the U.S., Canada and in Seoul, South KoreaJanine’s Limited Edition book: The Search for Mother Missing: A peek inside international adoption gives an account of the twins journey to the 2004 Korean Adoptee Gathering and is exclusively available at their website. http://www.vancetwins.com 

Peter Dodds  

Speaker and author of Outer Search Inner Journey the first book written by a foreign born adoptee on the subject of intercountry adoption.  An international speaker, Peter has delivered keynote addresses at New Zealand’s National Adoption Conference and Toronto’s Adoption Experience 2012. He has been interviewed on television, radio and the internet. www.peterfdodds.com 

Giving the families left behind a voice in the matter

  • Raising global consciousness on the hidden side of adoption
  • Sharing an enlightened and heartfelt perspective on adoption issues based on real experiences
  • Offering preventative and alternative solutions for an industry currently in flux
  • Protecting vulnerable families from a lucrative industry that targets the child and abandons and exploits the mothers