Emma Thompson’s adopted son

From the Daily Mail UK. Proud Emma Thompson poses with adopted refugee son at graduation six years later.

Six years ago she saved him from a life of unimaginable hardship, as a child soldier in war-torn Rwanda.

And yesterday Emma Thompson beamed with pride as she watched her adopted African son graduate from university.

Wearing
a cream suit and green satin jacket, the 50-year-old actress wrapped
her arm around Tindyebwa Agaba as he clutched his ribbon-tied scroll.

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Read the whole article here.

Will Michael Jackson’s kids be in a transracial placement?

I have a lot to say about the custody of Michael Jackson's children, but haven't quite sorted out what I want to say. So in the meantime, here is an article in which a friend of mine, Robert O'Connor, was quoted.

From ABC News: How will Michael Jackson's White kids get along with Black family?

In the coming months and years, 11-year-old Paris and her two brothers,
Michael Joseph Jr., 12, and Prince Michael II, 7, will have many
adjustments to make without their famous father — not the least of
which may be growing up in a family in which their fair skin will
noticeably set them apart.

There's nothing unusual about black families
taking in their kin. Historically, they have often done so, but when
the children look more white than black, eyebrows — and stereotypes —
get raised.

Even with trans-racial adoptions on the rise, it's still far more common to see white parents with adopted Asian or black children
tha
n the reverse. Steve Martin made a joke out of being adopted by
black parents in the movie "The Jerk," but all kidding aside, it's
still extremely rare for black parents to adopt a non-black child.

"It's much less of a two-way street," said Robert O'Connor, an
assistant professor at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul,
Minn., who studies trans-racial adoptions.

Since we don't know if MJ was the biological father of these children, we don't know if they are actually biracial or monoracial. If they were White and MJ is not the biological father, then they were already in a transracial family – not really recognized because MJ's skin was so fair – so their living with the Jackson family isn't changing that. And if MJ was their biological father, then again, despite MJ's skin color they were still used to their extended family being Black. It appears that these children have long had a relationship with the Jackson family.

Anyway, it is intriguing. The article in full is here.

Brad and Angelina Set To Adopt Two More Black Children

From the Huffington Post:

(HARLEM) In the race to keep their family more ethnically diverse
than Madonna's, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have announced they're
adopting two more children. And unlike with their other children, who
they found overseas, this time, the Hollywood power couple simply went
to Harlem and Chicago.

"Sure we've gathered beautiful brown children from all over the
world to help create our blended family," Jolie said. "But we knew it
wouldn't be complete until we had some children from America."

Read the rest here.

PS. It's a joke.

Links

1. A very thought provoking blog post and the article it was based on.

2. Actress Nia Vardolos adopts a child from foster care, bucking the trend to adopt international (thanks Rich for the tip!). Her story on People.com.

Trying to adopt had been a long and frustrating process. But, when we
connected with an American Foster Family Agency, it happened very
quickly. One night, the phone rang – the social worker told me we'd
been "matched" with a 3-year-old girl.

I hung up the phone and stood still for a second. Then, I had
to sit down. Within a minute, I was laying on the floor. Yeah, this was
real: A little girl was coming to our home. Tomorrow.

There wasn't a baby shower, there wasn't time to discuss with
family and friends, there was no way to really prepare for her arrival.

(although I hope she isn't implying that the child literally just was dropped off. In my state, this would not happen. There would be transitional visits for a while before the child was permanently adopted).

3. From The Hankyoreh:  Adoptee rights organizations and S. Korean NGOs sponsor events supporting “a day without adoption” to address root-causes

Adoptee Solidarity Korea (ASK), a Korean adoptee organization,
sponsored an afternoon symposium at the National Human Rights
Commission of Korea (NHRCK) about alternatives to intercountry (ICA)
adoption with representatives from five NGOs on Friday, May 8.

The event, hosted together with the Korean Foster Care Association, the
Korean Unwed Mothers Support Network, A-Ha! Sexuality Education
Counseling Center, TacTeen and the Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center,
was one in a weekend series held in conjunction with Adoption Day,
advancing the idea of “having a day without adoption.”

Read the whole article here.

4. Once again the NYT is tackling international adoption. This time they put together a round table with several "experts." I am likely going to have more to say about this, but for now, why are the usual suspects there? Need a staunch conservative pro-IA lawyer? Elizabeth Bartholet, check. Need an expert on orphans and orphanges? Adoptive parent Jane Aronson, check. Need an adoptive parent who is critical? David Smolin, check. Need an adult adoptee perspective…..oh wait – that's right. An adult adoptee perspective is NEVER a regular at a round table. How dumb of me to forget. We don't count once we are no longer babies or toddlers. Seriously, my opinion of the New York Times keeps slipping lower and lower.

Read the NYT roundtable here.

**Edited to add**

5. A conversation about E.J. Graff's investigative piece on international adoption by an adoptive parent on Anti-Racist Parent. Read the piece here.

Oh mercy.

From People

Details are emerging about David Banda's prospective sister once a Malawian court investigates Madonna's application to adopt an orphaned baby girl named Mercy James – who, despite some reports, is not from the same orphanage where the pop star met David.

Madonna met Mercy James, now 3½ years old, at the Kondanani Children's
Village, when she visited Malawi for the first time in October 2006.
She expressed interest to adopt Mercy then but instead adopted David
Banda, now 3, from Home of Hope orphanage in central district of
Mchinji on the border with Zambia.

Read the rest here. Or don't. The article is as brief as her home study process.