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5.0 out of 5 stars Important voice on a very immotive topic., 23 April 2013
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The release of Kathryn Joyce's excellent book couldn't be better timed. Using James 1:27, "Visit Widows and Orphans", as a spiritual mandate the US adoption movement seems to have a one-way ticket to `orphan saviour heaven' but routinely ignore the real issues and unethical, even criminal, practices of the orphan care movement. Kathryn, through excellent investigative journalism and eyewitness accounts, has managed to capture perfectly what is really going on and exposes where the whole `orphan care' movement is going wrong.

Countries like Uganda, with developing child protection systems, are purposely being targeted by unethical agencies and adoption `middlemen' in order to ensure there is a ready supply of children to meet the demand being generated from Pulpits across the US. I see it everyday. US adoption agencies are establishing and funding orphanages in order to control the demand. This is completely contrary to the Children's Act of Uganda and is making domestic welfare reforms for children without parental care eminently more difficult than they need to be.

The great irony is that adoption agencies promote orphanages as 'bad places' for children (which we agree they are) and yet they have a co-dependency relationship with orphanages which results in more children ending up in orphanages. In Uganda we have many orphanages funded and being established by adoption agencies which are now recruiting children - many of whom won't be adopted thus leaving, between them, 1000's of children in institutional care. Adoption agencies *need* orphanages in order to peddle their own message and promotion of International Adoption. Interestingly when International Adoption programmes close the number of orphanages being established decreases. Kathryn manages to communicate these paradoxes eloquently with sound research and facts.

Full review and interview with the author here...

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