“The Lie We Love” is an article about corruption in international adoption that appeared in the November/ December 2008 issue of Foreign Policy Magazine. The article is re-printed in its entirety here. It’s long, but worth the read. It’s very well researched, and it discusses the problems inherent in the international adoption “business.” The story outlines many of the things that make me worry about the true circumstances of Zoe’s adoption.
Today, the article’s author, EJ Graff, at her staff at Brandeis University launched a website where they share some of their research and documentation. The homepage is here, and there is an extensive section specific to Vietnam adoption here. Again, there’s a lot to read, but it’s very well done.
This is an issue that is close to my heart and I hope that those of you unfamiliar with the topic will take the time to read it. Or, go back and read some of what I’ve already written on the subject, here, here, here, here, or here (and probably some other places too, but those were the only links I could find tonight). Christian even wrote about it here.
While I believe that international adoption is a viable option for some orphaned children, and that there are agencies out there who are doing it right, I believe there’s still a lot of corruption in the system. I don’t think it’s just a few isolated incidents. We have no proof that there was anything wrong with Zoe’s adoption, but given the province she is from and the agency we worked with, it would be naive to think there isn’t even the possibility that the process was tainted. And that possibility will always make my heart a little heavy.