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Links 1 through 10 of 76 by Latoya Peterson tagged internationaladoption

"So what the hell are we talking about when we say, “adoptee perspective?” And why am I even thinking about this?"

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"Madonna is planning to adopt another child, this time a baby girl from India...she is "over the moon" about the prospect of teaching India's native customs to her new daughter, which include...showing her how to properly apply a bindi"

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"people often make statements about “the rights of children to have a permanent, loving home.” Yet, rarely do I hear about another right that I believe all human beings...are entitled to: that of knowing who they are and where they came from."

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More about the Dutch vice consul who turned his seven-year-old adopted daughter over to Hong Kong social services, who now says "his daughter was “very sick,” and suffers from a “severe form of fear of emotional attachment.”"

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A must-read. "What do you say to her on the day that you decide you want to turn her over to social services because the adoption is not working out? How do you look a seven-year-old in the face? How do you look at your own face in the mirror?"

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"The man and his wife adopted the girl as a four-month-old baby in Korea, where he was working at the time, when they thought they could not have children of their own."

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I think the real test of Jolie's commitment to bettering the lives of people in the developing world will be how she treats Zahara's birth mother - who is VERY much alive.

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"its use is misleading, de-humanizing and unfairly imposes a role upon adoptees. The word itself implies a kind of passivity or helplessness I find insulting. My background would make me a poor bridge as I can never quite reach from one side or the other.

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"Distrust has deepened after the Chadian authorities’ decision to prosecute six charity workers and 11 other Europeans over the failed attempt to fly 103 children out of the central African country."

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"So for many adoptive parents, distance between themselves and the birth parents is a positive...The best of all is when the birth parents aren’t known–because then they can be recreated in any image the adoptive parent desires."

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