Kathryn Joyce, journalist and the author of The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption (PublicAffairs (April, 2013), looks at international adoptions and conservative Christianity.
“If you want to look at what’s wrong with international adoption, state adoption, and Christian adoption,” one agency director told me, “it all has to do with how they treat birthmothers. The common denominator in all of these is that the birthmother is invisible.” When you get that, one adoptive parent wrote, it changes everything. Or, as another told me, “It’s like the Wizard of Oz. You open the door and either you have to accept it’s a house of cards or you stay in denial. There’s absolutely no middle ground.”