“Who’s family did she belong to?”

Several people told me about the This American Life story that aired yesterday. Episode 380, "No Maps" includes the story about an LDS family that adopted from Samoa and found themselves in the middle of a tragedy they were unprepared for. They discovered that their daughter's family in Samoa had been deceived about the adoption. The family made the decision to return to Samoa and find out what really happened.

You can listen to the story here for free at the This American Life web site. The story begins at 31:30.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

2 thoughts

  1. Wow! Heart-wrenching. Oddly, about halfway through, I wondered if the Nyberg marriage would survive, and was not surprised to find it didn’t. But what was truly upsetting were the adoptive families who were angry that Nyberg “stirred things up” and who wished that he’d never called the adoption agency to the attention of authorities, never mind that birth families had been lied to, and had never knowingly consented to have their children adopted. I am a firm believer in adoption, but you gotta wonder about adoptive families like that.

  2. Can we invent a new word to describe an adoptive parent that finds how that case turned out disgusting? I can’t deal with being in the same group of people.
    I don’t think like Nyberg seems to, but so far as I can tell he made the right decisions. Only thing I can think of I’d do differently is start a trust fund for her, that she can use as she wishes when she grows up.
    I know where these feelings of the other parents come from. We need to be motivated to be parents. It’s a lot of work and sacrifice. But the real trick is truly wanting the right thing for the child. No matter what.

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