The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/23/2013
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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Adoption has long been enmeshed in the politics of abortion. But as award-winning journalist Kathryn Joyce makes clear in The Child Catchers, adoption has lately become entangled in the conservative Christian agenda. To tens of millions of evangelicals, adoption has become a new front in the culture wars: a test of "pro-life" bonafides, a way to reinvent compassionate conservatism on the global stage, and a means to fulfill the "Great Commission" mandate that Christians evangelize the nations. Influential leaders fervently promote a new "orphan theology," urging followers to adopt en masse, withlittle thought for the families these "orphans" may actually have. Christian adoption activists have added moral weight to a multi-billion dollar adoption industry intent on increasing the "supply" of adoptable children, both at home and overseas. The Child Catchersis a shocking expose of what the adoption industry has become and how it got there, told through deep investigative reporting and the heartbreaking stories of individuals who found that their own, and their children's, well-being was ultimately irrelevant in a market driven by profit and now, pulpit command.

Table of Contents

The Baby Scoop Era: U.S. Adoption History
Shotgun Adoption: Crisis Pregnancy Centers
Sent Away: Modern-Day Maternity Homes
˘Adoption is War": The Growth of Orphan Theology
Haiti and the Orphan Rescue Market
Broken Open Adoptions
The National Council for Adoption: Lobbying for Classroom
Utah's ˘Baby Warehouse": State Laws and Shopping Around
Paternity Rights: Putative Father Registries
˘Adoption Seekers Will Be Banned"
Adoption Reformers
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