27 Apr 2011

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A Sassy Response to the “Orphan Doctor”

David Kruchkow, a board member of PEAR (Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform), offers a sassy blow-by-blow retort to Dr. Jane Aronson’s open letter to Bill Clinton, “Ethiopian Adoption Tragedy,” on the PEAR website. Kruchkow also runs the site Adoption Agency Checklist.

Here’s an excerpt:

Aronson’s text: “The destruction of international adoption has become the cure for a misdiagnosed disease. Uninspired, bureaucratic, desperate decision-makers in governments, including our own, and in large child welfare organizations, raise the cry of “trafficking” and the rest is inevitable: to protect the children and stop the trafficking – stop adoption.”

Kruchkow’s response: Has the adoption industry done anything at all to stop trafficking, or has it kept the money and children flowing in any given country until the corruption and trafficking is so widespread that a shutdown has to happen? Then, like an opportunistic infection moving to a different area of the body, the industry moves its rot to a new country, where the infection of corruption and trafficking takes root. After Ethiopia, where will the infection spread? To other areas of Africa, or will it re-infect areas like Vietnam and Cambodia, both currently shut down to US adoptions thanks to greed and corruption yet rumored to reopen later in 2011?

Read the whole response here:


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