The Politics of Adoption

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Adoption has always been fraught with stigmas surrounding sexuality, single motherhood, race and immigration. Cristen and Caroline decode the underlying messages of how we perceive orphaned children, adoption stereotypes and the meaning of family.

Episode Sources:

"The politics of adoption"

"The adoption history project"

"Adoption stories: Background"

"Why we need to talk about race in adoption"

"White celebrities who have adopted black children"

"Celebrity adoptions and the real world"

"Orphan process"


"Children in public foster care on September 30th of each year who are waiting to be adopted"

"Intercountry adoption: Statistics"

"Why did international adoption suddenly end?"

"WWII G.I. babies: Children of the enemy"

"Josephine Baker's rainbow tribe"

"America's unseen export: Children, most of them black"

Academic Insights:

"Transracial adoption: The pros and cons and the parents' perspective." Andrew Morrison. Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal. Vol. 20. 2004.

"Trends in U.S. adoptions: 2008-2012." Child Welfare Information Gateway. January 2016.

"The child catchers: Rescue, trafficking and the new gospel of adoption." Kathryn Joyce. PublicAffairs. 2013.