Friday, October 7, 2011
The failure of international adoption policies?
This is probably the most one-sided documentary I've ever seen -- and I've seen LOTS of one-sided documentaries! Completely dismissive of corruption and abuse, completely dismissive of the Hague Convention, completely dismissive of the losses in adoption. No mention of the cases that led Guatemala to have to test DNA to make sure the woman claiming to be the relinquishing birth mother was actually the mother of the child. No mention of the convictions of lawyers and judges involved in corrupt adoptions in Guatemala. I love the line from Elizabeth Bartholet that the PROFIT MOTIVE in adoption is actually a GOOD thing because it "makes things happen." Yikes!
And of course UNICEF is presented as the bad guy. That's like saying the police are the bad guys for actually enforcing the law!