Adoption Koans

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

If a tree falls and nobody hears it, does it make a sound?

If a mother has her child taken for adoption but she says nothing about it in public, does it matter if she has been hurt?

What is the sound of a a silenced natural mother crying?

What is the use of an adoption file if the information in it has been falsified?

What is the use of keeping an adoption file if the people most affected are not allowed to see it?

What is the use of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption if even Guatemala can claim to be a signer?

What is the use of international law if it cannot be enforced?

What is the use of U.S. citizenship to an adoptee if she cannot sponsor her natural family for immigration?

What is the use of the 1990 Convention on the Rights of the Child to an adopted person?

What is the use of adoption reform to people for whom reform is too late?
How long does reform take, and in the meantime, and how much collateral damage is acceptable?


One response to “Adoption Koans

  1. Gawd I am loving the creativity in your rantage. These Koans speak to the frustration one faces when trying to even talk about justice, forget about actually being effective in fighting injustice.

    I see you pulled one that I was privileged to read on bloglines before it went away. The statement you made at the conference was a provocative one. Unfortunately when feminists become mothers, especially through adoption, they seem to sacrifice their brains to the “cult of motherhood” (a quote from the TVS Sex and the City). I am not sure if you have comments on moderate, but if you don’t, you don’t have to keep this comment just to keep this white lady from crying, since it refers to a deleted post. I promise not to blubber. And I will get outta your way!

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