I love Angelina Jolie. She's the unapologetic mom of a mixed brood of adoptees and bio-kids. She's not married to her partner (yet), and she's a poster gal for humanitarian aid. She's the hottest adoptive mom around.
The problem? The media, of course, and all the heat and light journalists bring to adoption — especially international adoption — because celebrities are involved. Much as I admire Angie's chutzpah and Brad Pitt's weary saintliness, the Brangelina enterprise offers a very skewed picture of how adoptions come about and what life is like for the average adoptive family.
This is not news to anyone in the adoption community. But I'm continually amazed by the misconceptions pumped by the press.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
How the Media Gets It Wrong
New blog, catchily titled, Adopt-a-Tude, with a strong first post on how the media gets adoption wrong: