With the goal of reducing the common misconception that adoption is unproblematic, Dear Adoptee offers insights into the workings of the global industry – where intercountry adoption is understood neither as a horror story of exploitation, nor a fairy tale of rescuing children. An adoptee herself, Linea Lan Cai Fabricius has created a publication and video based on interviews with people engaged in adoption in various ways. Dear Adoptee is not a comprehensive explanation, but a tool for empowering adoptees to take ownership of their own adoption.
This paper explores transracial, intercountry adoption through a critical analysis of the gap that exists between the perception of adoption and reality. In doing so, governmental- and sociocultural aspect are inspected. Transnational adoption is complex, so I conducted a conversation with the lead chairman of the Danish international adoption agency, Lars Ellegaard Jørgensen. His statements and knowledge along with my own curiosity and personal story form the basis of this paper, combined with an investigation of the wider context of adoption and the hidden narratives by the global power structures and personal tragedies, balancing facts and fictions.
This thesis is aimed at answering the following research question: How does the perception of adoption fueled by governmental and sociocultural aspects, relate to real practical life? In order to offer a critical analysis on the state of adoption, this paper starts with an overview of an adoption terminology, followed by an explanation of the adoption process and its history. The main body of the thesis will explore the governmental and sociocultural aspects which will be followed by a critical conclusion that will offer some final clarity on the research findings.
Be aware that this paper is not made to save the system nor a child.
Link to website thesis (view on mobil version!) https://kabk.github.io/go-theses-21-Linea-Lan-Cai-Fabricius/