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Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists

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Ever wondered what it’s like to be adopted? This anthology begins with personal accounts and then shifts to a bird’s eye view on adoption from domestic, intercountry and transracial adoptees who are now adoptee rights activists. Along with adopted people, this collection also includes the voices of mothers and a father from the Baby Scoop Era, a modern-day mother who almos ...more
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Against Child Trafficking USA
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Lucy Lai-Tuen
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is a book that shows the diversity and commonality of the adoptees experience.
Forget the self-help books, the Adoption for Dummies and Everything You Always Wanted to know about Adoption ... usually written by parents for parents or by Adopting Parents for Adopting Parents.
In Adoptionland:From Orphans to Activists you have a wonderful collection of pieces written from the heart by adoptees and some Mothers and Father from the Baby Scoop era. It was difficult reading, even for me, a transrac
Antonio Rossi
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Got it. Now need to read it. But, so far, so profound. read their other books so many times. Adoption Stories: Excerpts from Adoption Books for Adults ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The personal experiences shared in this collection are revealing, and I am agreed with the Vance twins that listening to them has a role to play in changing the global adoption industry. But the rhetorical essays in the second half of this book felt intentionally polarizing. I would have appreciated citations and references.
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a late discovery adoptee. Once I found out about my adoption I became obsessed with the subject. I was lied too and scammed from the very beginning of my life. This book has validated my situation and the trauma that is inflicted when children are not told the truth of their origins. It makes me sad that adoption is made to be seen as a 'rescue' of some sorts when in reality it is lies and secrets to our rights of knowing our identity and who we came from. Why must this be a secret? I recom ...more
Ray Christianson
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am so amazed at the bravery these contributors have. It is not easy to share one's own experience, especially when it comes to adoption. So many people who are misinformed judge and make sweeping generalizations against adoptees. They tend to side with the adoptive parents and the agency facilitators. But I have been floored by the courage of the Vance Twins! They have helped to open up the dialogue and listened to so many parents of loss. Also, I've just finished reading the Vance Twins' firs ...more
Oct 07, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
Did not finish.

While I believe there is a lot to learn about the dark side of adoption and its ties to human trafficking, I don't know if you will learn it from this book. I read a few of the initial essays, and I found it to be mostly anecdotal. I would have preferred a more fact-based approach, but perhaps that's on me for misunderstanding the intent of the book.
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International multi-award recipient and gold-medalist author, Janine Myung Ja, Ph.D., is an adoption researcher, and rights-based activist for adopted people searching for long-lost families.

Janine and her twin sister are cofounders of Adoption Truth and Transparency Worldwide Network, one of the largest adoptee-led groups on social media. 

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