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Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 13, aka, LGA’s conversation with Valerie Andrews, Executive Director of Origins Canada Inc.

Part 1

Topics covered: Origins Canada Inc., natural mothers, natural families, open records, adoption industry practices, Origins Canada Inc. 2012 Conference, misunderstanding of adoptive parents, Baby Scoop Erathe language of adoption.

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–>Valerie Andrews Podcast 1<–

Part 2

Topics covered: adoption industry’s victimization of natural mothers, the role the US plays in adoption, the role pre-adoptive parents play in adoption, adoptees and natural mothers working in the adoption industry.

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–>Valerie Andrews Podcast 2<–

4 Comments on Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 13, aka, LGA’s conversation with Valerie Andrews, Executive Director of Origins Canada Inc.

  1. WONDERFUL TO BRING TOGETHER THE NATURAL MOTHERS OF CANADA TO SPEAK FOR KOREAN MOTHERS WHO LOST THEIR CHILDREN THROUGH THE ADOPTION AGENCIES AND WHOSE VOICES ARE ALSO LOST IN TRANSLATION! ADOPTEES MUST TAKE NOTICE AND LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST. THANKS VALERIE AND KEVIN!

  2. Holy crap, Kevin! I’m impressed by your interview with Valerie Andrews from Origins Canada Inc. You do a great job allowing the conversation to unfold without an agenda and without a lot of written commentary afterward. I would have had a really hard time keeping my mixed emotions capped. I found her views to be extremely troubling which, of course, is good because it helps me to stretch.

    Two thoughts:

    –Andrews’ romanticized version of the “natural parent” and the “transformation of motherhood” is just as dubious as the commonly romanticized view of adoption.

    –Using terminology of adoption being “human trafficking” and adoption agencies being “brokers” is a super challenging and important to think about even though it makes my heart hurt and my blood curdle. (!!)

    I’ve really enjoyed your podcasts bringing awareness to different perspectives and aspects of adoption. Thank you.

    • Thanks for your thoughts, Emily, and thanks for your kind words about my interviewing process. Indeed, I go into them with an open mind. If I don’t, I wouldn’t be able to have productive AND interesting conversations with folks like Valerie and Adam Pertman. Additionally, the most important individuals involved with the podcasts are my guests and their perspectives. I’m just some dude.

      In regards to your thoughts, I’ll step aside and have Valerie respond to them instead.

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