Re-evaluating Adoption: Validating the Local

This article was written after the scandalous kidnapping of Chadian children by a dubiously named French NGO Arche de Zoë. It examines a current view of adoption removed from the false mythological framework of family creation and analyzes it from an economic and political perspective.


This perception focuses solely on the unique instance of adoption as beneficent act; viewed only by itself, out of context, this is perhaps an inarguable truth. Yet individual adoption is deceptively marketed and packaged around this humanistic aspect. It mistakenly pre-supposes a globally valid nuclear family, as well as a concept of third-world deliverance coming in individual doses from the developed regions of the world; it extols the child as now “better off”, or “lucky”, or “chosen”. It depicts adoption as better than nothing, and proclaims that little can be done on an individual level to change the global situation. Adoption can thus be seen to fulfill certain needs of dominant global culture, not just those of parents wishing to start a family, and focuses on children who are (perhaps ideally) least capable to speak for themselves.

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About Daniel Drennan ElAwar

Adoptee, rematriated.
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