The agency branded these premium babies
that would go to premium parents.
But behind the scenes…none of those things
[the agency said] were true.
In fact, the agency routinely kept babies for at least six months in order to conduct a series of really horrific experiments on them, in order to produce the same matching I described earlier.
— Gabrielle Glaser,
journalist and bestselling author
of American Baby —
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Think of the Closed Adoption Era as the “Good Old Days”? Think Again.
“Closed” means a lot of things when applied to adoption. At its heart, it means that things were done in secret, realities were not faced, records were closed to forever separate original and forever families, and hearts and minds had to cauterize (close) around an unacknowledged wound.
My guest in this month’s podcast, Gabrielle Glaser, has written brilliantly about all of this in her new bestselling book American Baby.
With this Season 2 opener of Adoption: The Long View, Gabrielle and I talk about the various effects of closedness. During the Closed Adoption Era, adoption professionals were able to operate behind closed doors, in secrecy, wielding unchecked power in the dark.
Bad things can happen to vulnerable people when powerful people have that much cover.
Who Is Vulnerable in Adoption?
Certainly the “unwed mother,” cast out from her family and social circles.
Also the adopting parents, who so desperately want to build a family, often after being thwarted by infertility.
In both cases, desperation makes a person easy prey for a predator.
But perhaps the person most vulnerable in adoption is the newborn baby at the center.
Continue reading Gabrielle Glaser on the Impact of Harmful Adoption Practices Then & Now