Finding Fernanda

Finding Fernanda

The dramatic story of how an American housewife discovered that the Guatemalan child she was about to adopt had been stolen from her birth mother Over the last decade, nearly 200,000 children have been adopted into the United States, 25,000 ...

Author: Erin Siegal

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807001851

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 312

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The dramatic story of how an American housewife discovered that the Guatemalan child she was about to adopt had been stolen from her birth mother Over the last decade, nearly 200,000 children have been adopted into the United States, 25,000 of whom came from Guatemala. Finding Fernanda, a dramatic true story paired with investigative reporting, tells the side-by-side tales of an American woman who adopted a two-year-old girl from Guatemala and the birth mother whose two children were stolen from her. Each woman gradually comes to realize her role in what was one of Guatemala’s most profitable black-market industries: the buying and selling of children for international adoption. Finding Fernanda is an overdue, unprecedented look at adoption corruption—and a poignant, riveting human story about the power of hope, faith, and determination.
Categories: Family & Relationships

The Child Catchers

The Child Catchers

I also relied on information from several books, including Adoption as a Ministry, Adoption as a Blessing, by Michelle Gardner (2003), and Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, And a Cross-Border Search for Truth, by Erin Siegal ...

Author: Kathryn Joyce

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781586489434

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 352

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When Jessie Hawkins' adopted daughter told her she had another mom back in Ethiopia, Jessie didn't, at first, know what to think. She'd wanted her adoption to be great story about a child who needed a home and got one, and a family led by God to adopt. Instead, she felt like she'd done something wrong. Adoption has long been enmeshed in the politics of reproductive rights, pitched as a "win-win" compromise in the never-ending abortion debate. But as Kathryn Joyce makes clear in The Child Catchers, adoption has lately become even more entangled in the conservative Christian agenda. To tens of millions of evangelicals, 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. Influential leaders fervently promote a new "orphan theology," urging followers to adopt en masse, with little thought for the families these "orphans" may already have. Conservative evangelicals control much of that 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. Overseas, conservative Christians preside over a spiraling boom-bust adoption market in countries where people are poor and regulations weak, and where hefty adoption fees provide lots of incentive to increase the "supply" of adoptable children, recruiting "orphans" from intact but vulnerable families. The Child Catchers is a shocking exposéf what the adoption industry has become and how it got there, told through deep investigative reporting and the heartbreaking stories of individuals who became collateral damage in a market driven by profit and, now, pulpit command. Anyone who seeks to adopt -- of whatever faith or no faith, and however well-meaning -- is affected by the evangelical adoption movement, whether they know it or not. The movement has shaped the way we think about adoption, the language we use to discuss it, the places we seek to adopt from, and the policies and laws that govern the process. In The Child Catchers, Kathryn Joyce reveals with great sensitivity and empathy why, if we truly care for children, we need to see more clearly.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Central America s Forgotten History

Central America s Forgotten History

Foxen , In Search of Providence , xxxiv . See also Amanda Milkovitz ... Finding Fernanda : Two Mothers , One Child , and a Cross - Border Search for Truth ( Boston : Beacon Press , 2011 ) , 35 . 69. Rachel Nolan , “ Destined for Export ...

Author: Aviva Chomsky

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807056547

Category: History

Page: 304

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Restores the region’s fraught history of repression and resistance to popular consciousness and connects the United States’ interventions and influence to the influx of refugees seeking asylum today. At the center of the current immigration debate are migrants from Central America fleeing poverty, corruption, and violence in search of refuge in the United States. In Central America’s Forgotten History, Aviva Chomsky answers the urgent question “How did we get here?” Centering the centuries-long intertwined histories of US expansion and Indigenous and Central American struggles against inequality and oppression, Chomsky highlights the pernicious cycle of colonial and neocolonial development policies that promote cultures of violence and forgetting without any accountability or restorative reparations. Focusing on the valiant struggles for social and economic justice in Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras, Chomsky restores these vivid and gripping events to popular consciousness. Tracing the roots of displacement and migration in Central America to the Spanish conquest and bringing us to the present day, she concludes that the more immediate roots of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras lie in the wars and in the US interventions of the 1980s and the peace accords of the 1990s that set the stage for neoliberalism in Central America. Chomsky also examines how and why histories and memories are suppressed, and the impact of losing historical memory. Only by erasing history can we claim that Central American countries created their own poverty and violence, while the United States’ enjoyment and profit from their bananas, coffee, mining, clothing, and export of arms are simply unrelated curiosities.
Categories: History

Forensic DNA Applications

Forensic DNA Applications

Guatemalan mother reunited with baby stolen and sold for adoption by U.S. couple. The Sunday Telegraph, July 26, 2008. Siegal, E. 2011. Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, and a Cross-Border Search for Truth. Cathexis Press.

Author: Dragan Primorac

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781466580237

Category: Law

Page: 647

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Forensic DNA Applications: An Interdisciplinary Perspective was developed as an outgrowth of a conference held by the International Society of Applied Biological Sciences. The topic was human genome based applications in forensic science, anthropology, and individualized medicine. Assembling the contributions of contributors from numerous regions a
Categories: Law

The Journal of Korean Studies Volume 21 Number 1 Spring 2016

The Journal of Korean Studies  Volume 21  Number 1  Spring 2016

Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, and a Cross-Border Search for Truth. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2011. Simon, Rita J., and Howard Altstein. Adoption across Borders: Serving the Children in Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions.


Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442270954

Category: History

Page: 292

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The University of Washington-Korea Studies Program, in collaboration with Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, is proud to publish the Journal of Korean Studies. In 1979 Dr. James Palais (PhD Harvard 1968), former UW professor of Korean History edited and published the first volume of the Journal of Korean Studies. For thirteen years it was a leading academic forum for innovative, in-depth research on Korea. In 2004 former editors Gi-Wook Shin and John Duncan revived this outstanding publication at Stanford University. In August 2008 editorial responsibility transferred back to the University of Washington. With the editorial guidance of Clark Sorensen and Donald Baker, the Journal of Korean Studies (JKS) continues to be dedicated to publishing outstanding articles, from all disciplines, on a broad range of historical and contemporary topics concerning Korea. In addition the JKS publishes reviews of the latest Korea-related books.
Categories: History

Adoption What You Should Know

Adoption  What You Should Know

Siegal, Erin, Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, and a Cross-Border Search for Truth. Oakland, CA: Cathexis Press, 2011. Solinger, Rickie. Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race before Roe v. Wade.

Author: Janine Myung Ja

Publisher: Adoption Truth & Transparency


Category: Education


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This book reveals the rare and often silenced voices hidden inside the backstreets of international adoption. The research offers the data you need to know in order to make an informed decision before paying the non-refundable fees to adopt a child. The main movements of children are organized into four sections and referred to as Orphan Ships (Europe), Orphan Trains (America), Orphan Planes (Asia), and Orphan Trafficking (Africa). Learn how the child movement began, spread, and why some domestic and international adult-adoptees are against the practice today. Know more about the history and the industry than the professionals in the field. Adoption: What You Should Know might convince you to think twice before transferring funds to the adoption facilitator—and being cautious could be a good thing! The information inside could save you up to $75,000 in private hidden fees. This book is on its way to protect local, global, indigenous, and even the most wealthy families among us. Sometimes we need to scrutinize agencies—instead of immediately trusting them. It's when we do so that we can save ourselves a lot of the heartache of potentially adopting a child that has a living family or was even kidnapped by adoption traffickers. Some overseas adult adoptees, like the author, were unknowingly at risk of being deported to a birth nation they knew nothing about. Others have been deported as adults! The adoption industry is changing rapidly from country to country: Russia and Ethiopia, the two most popular countries to adopt from, closed their doors within the last decade. Due to adoption scams, Europe has also made some decisions based on private findings. This book gives you a birdseye's view on the practice, beginning from Europe’s mass child movements of the 1600s to today’s child trafficking methods that have taken place in Africa and Asia. It’s up to responsible considerate human beings (all of us) to decide if we want to listen and consider the voices of “the other side” in the effort to preserve families. Young adoptive parent applicants of today should be informed of all sides of the issue—not just exposed to agency advertising campaigns, which avoid some of the pitfalls of the practice. Because of social media, the culture of adoption is rapidly changing. According to a 2019 preliminary poll, 100% of all adult adoptee respondents agreed with the statement that they should have a right to look for their birth family if they so wish. Permanently severing children from their family ties should be the last resort. Instead, processing children to foreign territories has become expedited and for a profit. Now that it's been around four hundred years since the movement was built on draconian attitudes and antiquated beliefs, isn't it time to take the magnifying glass and inspect the entities that have made the most money from the movement? The unconventional views revealed inside this book have been called mind-blowing by fellow adoptee-rights activists. A rare whistleblowing history book determined to protect United States citizens and vulnerable third-world nations against adoption scams and the profitable business of falsely advertising children from living families as if "orphaned." The author invited a few guest adoptees and mothers-of-loss to contribute but had no say on what they wrote. Some guests are sad, devastated, and might sound negative, but their stories are worth being read to protect families and individuals from unnecessary separations. *NOTE: The textbook version is titled: Adoption History 101: An Orphan's Research
Categories: Education

Disrupting Kinship

Disrupting Kinship

Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, and a Cross-border Search for Truth. Oakland: Cathexis Press, 2011. Siim, Birte. Gender and Citizenship: Politics and Agency in France, Britain, and Denmark.

Author: Kimberly D. McKee

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252051128

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Since the Korean War began, Western families have adopted more than 200,000 Korean children. Two-thirds of these adoptees found homes in the United States. The majority joined white families and in the process forged a new kind of transnational and transracial kinship.Kimberly D. McKee examines the growth of the neo-colonial, multi-million dollar global industry that shaped these families--a system she identifies as the transnational adoption industrial complex. As she shows, an alliance of the South Korean welfare state, orphanages, adoption agencies, and American immigration laws powered transnational adoption between the two countries. Adoption became a tool to supplement an inadequate social safety net for South Korea's unwed mothers and low-income families. At the same time, it commodified children, building a market that allowed Americans to create families at the expense of loving, biological ties between Koreans. McKee also looks at how Christian Americanism, South Korean welfare policy, and other facets of adoption interact with and disrupt American perceptions of nation, citizenship, belonging, family, and ethnic identity.
Categories: Social Science

Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions

Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions

Vulnerable children in the aftermath of Haiti's earthquake of 2010: A call for sound policy and processes to prevent international child sales and theft. ... Finding Fernanda: Two mothers, one child, and a cross-border search for truth.

Author: Rowena Fong

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231540827

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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With essays by well-known adoption practitioners and researchers who source empirical research and practical knowledge, this volume addresses key developmental, cultural, health, and behavioral issues in the transracial and international adoption process and provides recommendations for avoiding fraud and techniques for navigating domestic and foreign adoption laws. The text details the history, policy, and service requirements relating to white, African American, Asian American, Latino and Mexican American, and Native American children and adoptive families. It addresses specific problems faced by adoptive families with children and youth from China, Russia, Ethiopia, India, Korea, and Guatemala, and offers targeted guidance on ethnic identity formation, trauma, mental health treatment, and the challenges of gay or lesbian adoptions
Categories: Social Science

South of the Future

South of the Future

Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, and a Cross-Border Search for Truth. Beacon, 2011. Smolin, David M. “Child Laundering: How the Intercountry Adoption System Legitimizes and Incentivizes the Practices of Buying, Trafficking, ...

Author: Anindita Banerjee

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438481081

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Unique interdisciplinary analysis of gendered and racialized economies of care in South Asia and the Americas. South Asia and Latin America represent two epicenters of migrant care work and the globalized reproductive market. Yet scholars and the media continue to examine them in geographical and conceptual isolation. South of the Future closes both these gaps. It investigates nannying, elder care, domestic work, and other forms of migrant labor in the Americas together with the emerging “Wild West” of biotechnology and surrogacy in the Indian subcontinent. The volume is profoundly interdisciplinary and includes both prominent and emerging scholars from a wide variety of fields, including anthropology, law, literary and cultural studies, science and technology studies, and social policy. These contributors speak to the dynamic, continually changing facets of the nexus of care and value across these two key regions of the global south. By mobilizing specific locations and techno-economics and putting them into dialogue with one another, South of the Future rematerializes the gendered, racialized bodies that are far too often rendered invisible in structural analyses of the global south, or else are confined to particular geo- and biopolitical paradigms of emerging markets. Instead, these bodies occupy the center of a global, highly financialized economy of creating and sustaining life. Anindita Banerjee is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and chair of the humanities concentration in the Environment and Sustainability Program at Cornell University. Her most recent book is Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East. Debra A. Castillo is Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Emerson Hinchliff Professor of Hispanic Studies, Professor of Comparative Literature, and Director of the Latina/o Studies Program at Cornell University. She is the author or editor of several books, including Redreaming America: Toward a Bilingual American Culture, also published by SUNY Press.
Categories: Social Science



The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption. New York: Da Capo Press, 2007. Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, and a Cross-Border Search for Truth. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2012.

Author: Diane Andrews Henningfeld

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9780737764352

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 248

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Editor Diane Andrews Henningfeld takes your readers on a tour of various cultures' views on adoption. Essays explore global trends in adoption, addressing such topics as transnational adoption and celebrity adoption. Readers will explore corruption, legal and social issues faced by same-sex adoptive parent, and the role of gender, race, and ethnicity in adoption. Essays examine the rights of adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees. Primary sources, including speeches and government documents, join essays from international magazines and news sources for a truly panoramic view. Helpful features include an annotated table of contents, a world map and country index, bibliography, and subject index.
Categories: Young Adult Nonfiction