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Attention Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute: You can help stop the deportation of Russell Green

Dear Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute:

Adoptee Russell Green started his arguably tragic start here in the United States in the State of New York, the same state where your headquarters resides.  He’s close to deportation because of a ridiculous loophole in the Citizenship Act of 2000.  Members of the adoptee community have been talking about Russell for months now.  However,  you, a self proclaimed “industry leader,” have remained silent.

Why haven’t you said anything about Russell, who lives in your backyard?  I’m pretty certain adoptee deportation issues fall under your Mission:

The Adoption Institute’s mission is to provide leadership that improves adoption laws, policies and practices – through sound research, education and advocacy – in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption. (source)

I’m pretty certain adoptee deportation issues fall under your Work:

In order to achieve its goals, the Institute conducts and synthesizes research; offers education to inform public opinion; promotes ethical practices and legal reforms; and works to translate policy into action. (source)

So, what’s really going on Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute?  Has your close partner and financial supporter Spence-Chapin Adoption Services asked you to remain quiet, just in case it comes to light that adoption agencies are partly at fault for allowing adoptee deportations to occur?  Are you too busy cultivating relationships with your celebrity donors/honorary board members, such as Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness?  (By the way, Jackman/Furness have interesting perspectives about adoption that freak the heck out of some adoptees living in Australia.)  Is your Executive Director Adam Pertman too busy chatting up the media about the “new” version of his old book Adoption Nation?  (By the way, that book is SO 12 twelve years ago.)  And speaking of Pertman, just as an FYI, my podcast with him could have been much more confrontational.  For instance, I refrained from asking Pertman the following questions, which a well known adoptee (known for her gentle demeanor) suggested for me to ask:

  • Are you an adoptee?  If no, do you want to be an adoptee? Are you a wanna be adoptee?
  • How knowledgeable are you about adoption issues?
  • What do you think are the trends in the adoptee community?
  • Could an adoptee be as knowledgeable as you are about adoption?
  • Why do you feel you need to represent adoptees as an adoptive parent?
  • Can an adoptee do a better job in your position than you? Why or why not?
  • Do you see adoptees as children?
  • Why do you think people should look up to you when they have questions on adoption?

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, the bottom line is that you could make a significant difference in the life of Russell Green and the lives of others like him.  Consider connecting with AdopSource, the adoptee organization behind the effort.  Consider reaching out to your numerous media contacts.  Consider working with your  “adoption heavy weights,” such as your donor/honorary board member Dr. Jane Aronson.  And consider meeting your mission and leading the professional adoption community by example.


Kevin Ost-Vollmers
Land of Gazillion Adoptees

4 Comments on Attention Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute: You can help stop the deportation of Russell Green

  1. How right you are about DLF and Hugh Jackman!!! Their own personal adoption story is horrifying as is the attrempt to change adoption in Australia.They are financial backed by the Murdochs and The Pratt Foundation so not short of monery but maybe with a lot to learn in others ways.

  2. Why shoot first and ask questions later? Write me and ask what we’re up to, please, rather than make (and print) incorrect assumptions/accusations. Thanks. Anyway, we’re making a plan of action (which started last year). Stay tuned. Adam.

    • Adam, I didn’t shoot. I haven’t asked any questions. I already talked to you about what you’re up to via podcast. What part of what I wrote is incorrect? I simply want Evan B. to do what it says. Make me eat crow by working with AdopSource and stopping the deportation of Russell Green.

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