This is my first piece for Land of Gazillion Adoptees [link to article]; I am quite honored to be a contributing editor in the “Research” rubrik there.
Adoption mythology, aimed at counteracting these omnipresent cultural tropes, seeks to eradicate an implicitly understood connection to family. The normal interpretation is thus “children with their families”; not “children with a(ny) family”. At the end of World War II, adoption as a process of sourcing indentured labor shifted to serve the economic requirements of burgeoning nuclear families and suburban expanse. It necessitated that contrary popular voice be censored, quieted, and stifled. It demanded that former references to the children of the poor and indigenous as “feral” and “beastly”, as needing “conversion” and “work therapy”, be changed to allusions of “salvation” and “a better life”.
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