By the people. For the people.
ADOPTION TRAFFICKING AWARENESS SYMPOSIUM
on SATURDAY JUNE 18TH, 2022,
We Made History Together at the Washington State History Museum
The curators at Adoption History believe that we help shape the future through researching and preserving the past and present and sharing our knowledge with the world. We invite you to see things anew through the lens of our outstanding members from Adoption Truth & Transparency Worldwide Network and the researchers and field investigators at Against Child Trafficking. You’ll learn more than you ever thought possible and expand your mind in a miraculous way. We always keep our information fresh through our special events, educational lectures, and temporary exhibitions. Join us at the Adoption Trafficking Awareness Symposium and see life through the lens of individuals who had been adopted domestically, transracially, and internationally. You will also hear the vitally important narratives from siblings and families separated by adoption and parents of loss.
Protecting Local and Global Families on the Crisis of Adoption Trafficking
UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION
ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
ADOPTION YESTERDAY, TODAY,
AND AROUND THE WORLD
WHAT ARE ADOPTED PEOPLE SAYING?
YOU'RE IN GOOD COMPANY.
We are sure you’ve already heard the happily-ever-after adoption stories. But, to establish laws that could potentially protect families from exploitation, we must also acknowledge experiences from the past, the present, and around the world. These stories need to be heard if we are to protect local and global families and communities from exploitation.
Before you place trust in the system of adoption or pay the non-refundable and sometimes hidden application fees that can run up to more than tens of thousands of dollars, or before you become attached to a charitable photo listing of a child that probably isn't a true orphan, consider arming yourself with information. Knowledge is Power.
~Rev. Dr. VANCE, Janine Myung Ja
Adoption: What You Should Know
The Presenters and Panelists answered these questions:
1. How did adoption evolve throughout history and become what it is today?
2. What is the intersection between international adoption and child trafficking?
3. How have children been obtained from mothers, fathers, and communities?
4. Why are those who voice concern about adoption immediately called anti-adoption or labeled as bad?
5. What do adoption agencies pray that you do not know about adoption?
6. What are adopted people saying about the practice today?
7. What needs to be done to stop the commodification and other concerns voiced by the people?
8. From what perspective should we look at adoption in order to protect local and global families from exploitation?
9. What human rights did the adoption pioneers ignore yesterday? Are rights respected today?
*NOTE: If you missed the symposium, you will find answers in the books Adoption History: An Adoptee's Research into Child Trafficking, and Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists. The curator's memoir, The Search for Mother Missing by Janine Vance reveals how the author discovered the hidden side of international adoption.