Much-needed Critical Thinking on Adoption #NAAM2016

Despite all evidence to the contrary we still think this is simply a “war of words”; a simple changing of minds. It’s not. The “adopter narrative” is morphing and adapting in order to silence us; it is stealing the power of our words and the weight of our tropes in order to render us harmless […]


By Lara Trace (called Lala by her sister in Austria) Am I the only one?   Every. SINGLE. DAY…  I feel like I’m overreacting to an insane horror flick.  YEEGADS, what the hell is going on in this world?  It’s like a very very very bad movie, between X RATED and profane.  If I turn […]

“Are you against all adoption?”

FACEBOOK POST WRITTEN BY –Father Symeon, OCSB Rom., BPS Orthodox Christian Conciliation Services Existential Life Coaching, Counseling, Consultancy Services Hermitage of St John the Divine Syracuse NY 13206 I was recently asked “Are you against all adoption?” No, not in principal but yes in practice! Before the late 19th Century there was no system of […]

On rethinking Lebanese origins #adoption #DNA

Daniel writes: I’ve said it often, but it bears repeating: Every day I think I’ve reached the bottom of the abyss in terms of what adoption represents; every day that abyss opens up, and I find myself in freefall yet again. …Our DNA, along with pure reason and logic, points in a direction antipodal to […]

Adoption: Until Something Better Comes Along

Elle’s post is very important and truth to me. Thank you to “Is Adoption Trauma?” on Facebook for quoting me. I have written before on feeling I was a substitute. On a trial basis. Apparently, a lot of adoptees feel this way. Source: Adoption: Until Something Better Comes Along

Exhibition on forced adoption prompts outpouring from women moved by loss The trauma of separation from their babies faced by 19th century unmarried mothers is still raw in responses to the Foundling Museum’s forthcoming show Maev Kennedy | 26 July 2015 Donations to fund an exhibition on unmarried women who were forced to give away their babies – dubbed “fallen women” in the 19th century […]

Adoption, child welfare services in USA rake in $14 billion a year

Taken From Families, Indigenous Children Face Extreme Rates of State Violence in US   By Britney Schultz, Truthout | Report In a photo taken around 1936, Aboriginal Canadians attend a school at Fort Resolution in the Northwest Territories. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has concluded that the country’s former policy of removing Aboriginal children from […]

Thoughts on a very big mystery and my latest adoption miracle

By Lara Trace In mid-April my husband and I took a road-trip to visit our friends from Austria who also keep a family home in Gulfport, Mississippi. My friend/sister/relative Dr. Raeschelle Potter-Deimel (left) is originally from Gulfport and at one time worked as an opera singer at the Met in New York City and on […]

International Adoption Scandals: Haiti steps up its fight

By Lara Trace This ought to get some notice. (sigh)  The child trafficking business hasn’t slowed. Not when there is money to be made. Americans may choose to wear blinders but eventually the news will hit their newspapers. It may hit them hard if they adopted a trafficked child. Wiki has a list of international […]

Medical Kidnapping? Billion Dollar Adoption Business

 2015 We continue our series on the “Business of Medical Kidnapping,” which addresses the question, “why is this happening?” Our previous articles in this series: The Medical Kidnapping Business: Bilking Medicaid Medical Kidnapping Business: Judges Skirting the Law for Federal Funds Steve Isham addresses the topic of the multi-billion dollar adoption business. As we have […]

Thank YOU

By Lara/Trace (or whatever you want to call me!) I am popping in to say thank you for 100,000 hits on this blog. REALLY! That is no small feat for a journalist writer who writes about adoption, ICWA, Native American history and other serious dark matters. Chi Megwetch, Pilamaye, Gratias and Merci Beaucoup! I have […]

2014 in review (Happy 2015 y’all) “Helper Monkeys” prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog. WooHoo! I am thrilled! Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for […]

Raible: Latest Gazillion Voices article

Another way of putting it is this: There is no “post-adoption” until we have ended adoption, once and for all. Just as the boarding school experiment for Native American children has been discredited as genocidal, just as the Indian Adoption Program has been disbanded… so too, I anticipate that the transracial and transnational adoption experiments […]

Lost Babies documentary: Catholic Ireland’s adoption trade of illegitimate children

by Irish Abroad on 19 September 2014 Philomena journalist Martin Sixsmith reports on the tragic consequences of the  adoption trade of illegitimate children by the Catholic Church in Ireland. Journalist Martin Sixmith was the person who helped Philomena Lee in her 50 year search to find out what happened to her son after being forced […]