News came recently of Adam Crapser, a married father of two who was detained last month and sits in a cell in Tacoma awaiting deportation to Korea , a land he hasn’t seen since he was adopted from there 40 years ago, in 1976. His crime is not his own, and his life in the US can be summarized in four chapters, each its own tragedy:
- Abused by adoptive family #1, as was his biological sister.
- Separated from his biological sister when Child Services got involved.
- Adopted again by a new family, without his sister. Abused and tortured again.
- Is today facing deportation charges because among all those charged with his care, none ever finalized his naturalization.
Today I offer guest post that reveals injustices around how adoptees are treated in the United States. Adam Pertman, founder of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency, tells of previous cases of adoptee deportation — Adam Crapser’s is not an rarity — along with what you can do to help make things right.
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