Category Archives: Adoption activism

On Palestine, apartheid, land, patience, and steadfastness

I sent a text message to a dear friend I had not seen in a long while, wishing him a happy Eid. He wrote back: “I’m in Gaza.” I knew he was planning this trip, but did not know he … Continue reading

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ineradicable voices: narratives toward rerooting: event video

In a previous entry [link ➤] I announced my participation with a collective performance/witnessing of adopted and fostered people in a safe and welcoming environment. It was an amazing experience, and I looked forward to our weekly virtual gatherings as … Continue reading

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Adoption Initiative statement on #BlackLivesMatter

This statement was written on behalf of The Adoption Initiative [Twitter: @AdoptionConf], the conferences of which I have had the pleasure of working on and presenting at for eight years now. The Initiative’s 20th anniversary conference was planned for this … Continue reading

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Adoptive Parents! Not Your Story to Tell.

[Update: Some fellow adoptees and myself are working on a statement concerning this book and its promotion; stay tuned!] Are you tired of adopters telling our stories? So am I. I received word of a Zoom event taking place via … Continue reading

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The ignoble, offensive, and destructive #NAAM

In November, 2013, over the course of the month, I collected various responses I had given on Yahoo! Answers and the like concerning the topic of adoption. It was a response to National Adoption Awareness Month, a thirty-day celebration of … Continue reading

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“No, these are not our children.”

This draft was sitting in my email Drafts folder. I have no recollection to whom I was addressing this. As I get ready to attend ASAC/AI in Oakland this coming week [note: October, 2017], I’m dreading the resurgent feeling that … Continue reading

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دانيال، ابن بهيجة: رسالة إلى لبنان

ترجمة: هلا قمبريس لإنجليزية الأصلية: Daniel, Ibn Bahija أَرَأَيْتَ الَّذِي يُكَذِّبُ بِالدِّينِ فَذَٰلِكَ الَّذِي يَدُعُّ الْيَتِيمَ. الماعون، ٢-١: ١٠٧ لا نزال نحن المنبوذين، شظايا طردت من الجسد. جسمنا يحيطُ بنا، ويحتوينا، فيطردنا؛ ثم يعود إلى حالة «كما لو» لم نوجد. … Continue reading

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The Adoptee as Citizen, Denizen, Alien:
 Redefining Adoption as Formalized Extirpation

This paper served as the basis for a translated article that appeared in the Legal Agenda newsletter [link: http://www.legal-agenda.com/article.php?id=1274&folder=articles&lang=ar%5D, and was presented at a conference that was set up to discuss the ongoing crisis of child trafficking in Greater Syria. … Continue reading

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Islamophobia and adoption: Who are the civilized?

This paper started as a conference presentation at the Adoption Initiative Conference in 2012 with the theme “‘Best Interests of the Child?’: Race, Religion, and Rescue in Adoption”. The basis for it was sparked by an article that appeared in … Continue reading

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An interview at American Indian Adoptees

This interview was conducted in 2012 for American Indian Adoptees [link to web site] via email exchange with Trace Hentz [link to blog]. I’ve been going back to this web site a lot this past year, now that I’m living … Continue reading

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