The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption.
xvii, 332 p.
This book explores the impact of the Christian evangelical movement on adoption. It argues that adoption is a new front in the culture wars: a test of pro-life bona fides, a way for born again Christians to reinvent compassionate conservatism on the global stage, and a means to fulfill the "Great Commission" mandate to evangelize the nations. Chapters discuss how conservative evangelicals control much of the adoption industry through an infrastructure of adoption agencies, ministries, political lobbying groups, and publicly-supported crisis pregnancy centers which convince women not just to choose life but to choose adoption. The text describes conservative Christians presiding over a spiraling boom-bust adoption market overseas in countries where people are poor and regulations weak, and where adoption fees provide incentives to increase the supply of adoptable children, recruiting "orphans" from intact but vulnerable families. Stories are shared of adoptive families who were involved in fraudulent adoptions and the impact of unnecessary adoptions on children and families. Numerous references. (Author abstract modified)
religious organizations; religion; intercountry adoption; Adoption fraud; Black market adoption; Ethics; Wrongful adoption; Faith based programs