I thought it might be interesting to provide Harlow’s Monkey readers with some historical background on topics of adoption.
My views about adoption have been framed largely from my education and my own self-driven research. In order to understand my own adoption experiences, I have undertaken both formal (school) and general research over the past ten years. And as my search to understand went on, my interests expanded to include broader subjects that I felt were keenly tied to adoption issues; subjects such as race, gender politics, religion, feminism and the sociological studies about family norms and functions. All these things, I believe, are somewhat (in large or in part) related to the topic of adoption.
I’m a strong believer that we must know the past to understand the present and to work towards a more ethical future.
Many of us, myself included, formed strong opinions about adoption without having that historical perspective. I found many of my views changed after learning about adoption history. For example, it was reading and learning about the Native American boarding schools and the Indian Child Welfare Act which radically changed the way I view international adoption.
So I have a few topics in mind already, and am working on posts about those topics. But I’d like to open it up to my readers and ask, What particular issues are you interested in? Keep in mind, I am not an expert on everything related to adoption. What I hope to do is provide Harlow’s Monkey readers with some background and historical perspective if possible, and maybe your topic suggestions will inspire me to dig into an issue I hadn’t researched before.
For example, some of the topics I am working on:
- The Orphan Train movement
- American Indian Boarding Schools
- Disparities in the U.S. child welfare system regarding child protection issues (removal of children)
- Disparities in the U.S. child welfare system regarding adoption recruiting
- The Hague Convention
- MEPA (the Multi Ethnic Placement Act)
- ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act)
- The National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) position on transracial adoption
Please provide suggestions via the comment section.