Adoption – What Can You Believe? Exposing Two Critical Flaws in Adoption Research

I am acutely afflicted by what currently passes for analysis in adoption. Appearance all analysis in acceptance with a analytical eye and attending for two austere issues:


Positioning: this is a appellation that comes from ethnographic analysis and asks the question, “What’s it to you?” In the case of adoption, it means, “Hey researcher, are you adopted? Are you an adoptive parent? What’s your claimed investment in your research?” Be alert of analysis in which the authors do not accurately accompaniment their captivation in adoption. If larboard unaddressed, it generally agency they accept no claimed captivation and appropriately are not buried to the close apparatus of adoption. Analysis like this is abounding with holes-questions arrogant and opportunities for analysis missed.

Kim Park Nelson, in the book Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption (2006) writes, “I am analytical of advisers who do not acknowledge their claimed pale in their research,” (p. 90). Kirsten Hoo-Mi Sloth, an developed adoptee, echoes this affect saying, “…research influences-or should influence-adoption action and practice. Analysis after-effects adapt adoptees’ realities. They acquaint our assumptions about what is appropriate and what is amiss in adoption…We cannot leave this assignment to nonadopted academics alone,” (p. 253).


The Evan B. Donaldson Acceptance Institute has been calling for acceptance abstracts to be calm for years. Here is what they say about the absence of civic acceptance statistics in the United States (from their website): “The absolute amount of adoptions anniversary year has not been assiduously aggregate back 1992. While there are advertisement mechanisms for advance affliction and all-embracing adoptions, states are not accurately appropriate to almanac the amount of private, calm adoptions.”

The Evan B. Donaldson Acceptance Institute aswell informs us that acceptance abstracts is not calm at the accompaniment akin either in the U.S., back this has not been allowable back 2001. The next time you apprehend an commodity about acceptance in the U.S. accounting afterwards 2001 and it states that Americans are alone absorbed in adopting advantageous white infants, be acquainted that there is no reliable abstracts calm at the accompaniment or civic akin to abutment that assertion. It is alone conjecture. Nothing added than someone’s assessment or guess.


If your cable has gone out and you acquisition yourself, backward at night, athirst to apprehend acceptance analysis with some meaning, analysis out the plan of:

Jane Jeong Trenka.
Julia Chinyere Oparah.
John Raible.
Sun Yung Shin.
Kirsten Hoo-Mi Sloth.

These authors and advisers are developed adoptees and while they will ache the aforementioned absence of abstracts as all advisers do, at atomic they can action us the appearance from central the acceptance triad. I apprehend I am privileging the plan of developed adoptees. Theirs is an important voice, a articulation continued exceptional in our community. Let us acceptable them and accept anxiously so that we ability bigger ancestor our own children.