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On The Radio: Adoption Gone Wrong

I just listened to a podcast of This American Life from last week.   (It may not be too late to listen to it here.) The show was entitled “No Map” and the part I am commenting on was Act II–“Where’s King Solomon When You Need Him?”

It’s a story about an adoption that did not turn out well for those involved.   The prospective adoptive parents were in the US, the child to be adopted was in Samoa.   The agency involved apparently misled everyone in both countries and effectively removed a child from her Samoan family and placed her with a US family.    While the US family was lead to believe the child was given up for adoption by her impoverished parents, this simply wasn’t true. Continue reading