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The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption

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When Jessie Hawkins’ adopted daughter told her she had another mom back in Ethiopia, Jessie didn’t, at first, know what to think. She’d wanted her adoption to be great story about a child who needed a home and got one, and a family led by God to adopt. Instead, she felt like she’d done something wrong.

Adoption has long been enmeshed in the politics of reproductive rights, pitched as a “win-win” compromise in the never-ending abortion debate. But as Kathryn Joyce makes clear in The Child Catchers, adoption has lately become even more entangled in the conservative Christian agenda.

To tens of millions of evangelicals, adoption is a new front in the culture wars: a test of “pro-life” bona fides, a way for born again Christians to reinvent compassionate conservatism on the global stage, and a means to fulfill the “Great Commission” mandate to evangelize the nations. Influential leaders fervently promote a new “orphan theology,” urging followers to adopt en masse, with little thought for the families these “orphans” may already have.

Conservative evangelicals control much of that industry through an infrastructure of adoption agencies, ministries, political lobbying groups, and publicly-supported “crisis pregnancy centers,” which convince women not just to “choose life,” but to choose adoption. Overseas, conservative Christians preside over a spiraling boom-bust adoption market in countries where people are poor and regulations weak, and where hefty adoption fees provide lots of incentive to increase the “supply” of adoptable children, recruiting “orphans” from intact but vulnerable families.

The Child Catchers is a shocking exposé of what the adoption industry has become and how it got there, told through deep investigative reporting and the heartbreaking stories of individuals who became collateral damage in a market driven by profit and, now, pulpit command.

Anyone who seeks to adopt—of whatever faith or no faith, and however well-meaning—is affected by the evangelical adoption movement, whether they know it or not. The movement has shaped the way we think about adoption, the language we use to discuss it, the places we seek to adopt from, and the policies and laws that govern the process. In The Child Catchers, Kathryn Joyce reveals with great sensitivity and empathy why, if we truly care for children, we need to see more clearly.  

Review:

"A natural extension of investigative journalist Joyce's 2009 Quiverfull, which probed a fundamentalist Christian movement with goals of re-establishing biblical patriarchy by encouraging women to bear large numbers of children, this volume examines America's Evangelical Christian adoption and orphan-care movement that has come to dominate domestic and international adoptions. Joyce will grab readers' attention with shattering accounts of birthmothers and adoptees from around the world. She skillfully navigates the global adoption system's layers of greed, corruption, and cultural blindness, identifying the faulty logic at the root of well-meaning yet harmful actions. From South Korea's well-oiled adoption machine that reinforces a cruel double-standard against single mothers and their children, to Rwanda's efforts to keep native children within its borders by bypassing agencies and de-institutionalizing orphanages, Joyce presents the enormous scope of big-business adoption. While international adoption is often called a 'win-win' situation for everyone concerned, she provides ample evidence of a zero-sum game with single pregnant women and their children used as source and product for a lucrative industry. Joyce's report, backed by interviews with people on all sides of this complex issue, highlights the need to redefine what it means to 'come home,' a phrase embraced by the Christian adoption community and questioned by those on the losing side of the equation. Agent: Kathy Anderson, Anderson Literary Management (April)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Adoption has long been enmeshed in the politics of abortion. But as award-winning journalist Kathryn Joyce makes clear in The Child Catchers, adoption has lately become entangled in the conservative Christian agenda. To tens of millions of evangelicals, adoption has become a new front in the culture wars: a test of “pro-life” bonafides, a way to reinvent compassionate conservatism on the global stage, and a means to fulfill the “Great Commission” mandate that Christians evangelize the nations. Influential leaders fervently promote a new “orphan theology,” urging followers to adopt en masse, with little thought for the families these “orphans” may actually have. Christian adoption activists have added moral weight to a multi-billion dollar adoption industry intent on increasing the “supply” of adoptable children, both at home and overseas.

The Child Catchers is a shocking exposé of what the adoption industry has become and how it got there, told through deep investigative reporting and the heartbreaking stories of individuals who found that their own, and their childrens, well-being was ultimately irrelevant in a market driven by profit and now, pulpit command.

About the Author

Kathryn Joyce is a freelance writer based in New York City and author of Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Mother Jones, Salon, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The American Prospect, The Massachusetts Review, Newsweek.com and Religion Dispatches, among other publications, and she has been a guest commentator on a number of television and radio shows including NPRs “Morning Edition” and “Interfaith Voices.” She has been awarded residencies and fellowship support from the MacDowell Colony, Kopkind Colony, the Nation Institute Investigative Fund, and, most recently, was named a 2011 Knight Luce Fellow.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: The Baby Scoop Era: U.S. Adoption History

CHAPTER 2: Shotgun Adoption: Crisis Pregnancy Centers

CHAPTER 3: Sent Away: Modern-Day Maternity Homes

CHAPTER 4: “Adoption is War”: The Growth of Orphan Theology

CHAPTER 5: Haiti and the Orphan Rescue Market

CHAPTER 6: Broken Open Adoptions

CHAPTER 7: The National Council for Adoption: Lobbying for Classroom

Adoptions

CHAPTER 8: Utahs “Baby Warehouse”: State Laws and Shopping Around

CHAPTER 9: Paternity Rights: Putative Father Registries

CHAPTER 10: “Adoption Seekers Will Be Banned”

CHAPTER 11: Adoption Reformers

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8059651178, May 30, 2014 (view all comments by 8059651178)
NOT ONE STATEMENT IN THIS BOOK IS DOCUMENTED TO DETAIL

I was very anxious to read The Child Catchers because so much has been in the media about child trafficking. The PREFACE begins describing conversations with "Sharon". Much of the content is descriptive and the author's opinion, so I read the author's statements as such. As I continued reading the first chapter, NEW LIFE, however, I became suspicious- the author quoted a variety of individuals in positions of authority (former US Secretary Janet Napolitano, Bethany Christian Services, CNN, Haiti's prime minister, Jean-Max Bellerive, the Wall Street Journal, UNICEF, New Life Children's Refuge, the Southern Baptist Convention representatives the Human Science Research Council....on and on). I wanted to refer to the exact sources of these people/organizations but not one was footnoted in detail....not one. Sure, there is a NOTES section (pp. 293ff) but this section is merely an extended bibliography, i.e., not one page number or specific source location is given. I wanted to read the exact detail of several sources to verify not only the quoted materials but also the context of the source, but without success. NONE of the sources are detailed. Most readers do not have time to read an entire source included in the (foot) notes, so that's why page numbers are conventionally used-- to get to the source quickly, thereby helping the reader. If a reader cares about sources and detailed documentation then I conclude that the NOTES are useless and you may be very frustrated. But, if your believe the author outright (just because she writes "it") then you might enjoy the book. But, solid research gives the details. This book does not. In this sense, the author was inexcusably sloppy not including conventional notes. Why did she make this choice? This raises a question of research credibility. Is she hiding something? So, the reader is left to conclude that you must believe her every quote or source, unless you have time to read the whole of each bibliographical source in the notes. There is no excuse for this especially from a seasoned journalist (didn't she learn about the importance of carefully documenting here sources?) It certainly draws suspicion about the content or the thrust of the book's position. To this extent, I am VERY VERY disappointed reading this book, and if it survives to a second edition I hope the author will take the time to document properly each quote and source. Then, I would look forward to reading it, because the topic is an extremely important and timely one.
Footnote: I am an adoptive father. I am not an evangelical Xian or a believer of any faith. I don't have an agenda. I just want to know what the sources are when I read "research."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781586489427
Author:
Joyce, Kathryn
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
Adoption
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Adoption and Foster Care
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Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130431
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HARDCOVER
Language:
English
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Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A natural extension of investigative journalist Joyce's 2009 Quiverfull, which probed a fundamentalist Christian movement with goals of re-establishing biblical patriarchy by encouraging women to bear large numbers of children, this volume examines America's Evangelical Christian adoption and orphan-care movement that has come to dominate domestic and international adoptions. Joyce will grab readers' attention with shattering accounts of birthmothers and adoptees from around the world. She skillfully navigates the global adoption system's layers of greed, corruption, and cultural blindness, identifying the faulty logic at the root of well-meaning yet harmful actions. From South Korea's well-oiled adoption machine that reinforces a cruel double-standard against single mothers and their children, to Rwanda's efforts to keep native children within its borders by bypassing agencies and de-institutionalizing orphanages, Joyce presents the enormous scope of big-business adoption. While international adoption is often called a 'win-win' situation for everyone concerned, she provides ample evidence of a zero-sum game with single pregnant women and their children used as source and product for a lucrative industry. Joyce's report, backed by interviews with people on all sides of this complex issue, highlights the need to redefine what it means to 'come home,' a phrase embraced by the Christian adoption community and questioned by those on the losing side of the equation. Agent: Kathy Anderson, Anderson Literary Management (April)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Adoption has long been enmeshed in the politics of abortion. But as award-winning journalist Kathryn Joyce makes clear in The Child Catchers, adoption has lately become entangled in the conservative Christian agenda. To tens of millions of evangelicals, adoption has become a new front in the culture wars: a test of “pro-life” bonafides, a way to reinvent compassionate conservatism on the global stage, and a means to fulfill the “Great Commission” mandate that Christians evangelize the nations. Influential leaders fervently promote a new “orphan theology,” urging followers to adopt en masse, with little thought for the families these “orphans” may actually have. Christian adoption activists have added moral weight to a multi-billion dollar adoption industry intent on increasing the “supply” of adoptable children, both at home and overseas.

The Child Catchers is a shocking exposé of what the adoption industry has become and how it got there, told through deep investigative reporting and the heartbreaking stories of individuals who found that their own, and their childrens, well-being was ultimately irrelevant in a market driven by profit and now, pulpit command.

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