“reunite” is an organization that began in Uganda in 2011. The Riley family had adopted internationally from Uganda and chose to move there so their children would experience that culture. They began working with orphanages and discovered that many children were not true orphans, but had families. In working to understand why these children were in the orphanages, the Rileys uncovered the corrupt profit-based side of adoption. They discovered that parents were giving children up because they experienced temporary hardship, were coerced into it by orphanage staff, and were blackmailed and stonewalled into leaving their children behind when they tried to come back for them. The Rileys were horrified and chose to try to help the children they were given access to, find their families and return to them. They have since resettled 13 children with family members. They have experienced pushback from orphanage staff, as these people make quite a bit of profit from international adoptions, and also would lose their jobs if the orphanages were not full of children.
The following are stories that were featured on their blog that describe different aspects of the deception that has developed within the international adoption field.
These stories give the perspective of various different deceptions and issues in the international adoption realm in Uganda. However, do not write off international adoption altogether… there are other organizations and points of view to take into consideration.
I ultimately believe that children should be parented by their biological family – whether that means their mother, father, or a relative – if at all possible. On the other hand, I do feel that international adoption has a place, but should be under strict regulations.
What do you think?
Welcome! My name is Katiana and I am a development professional pursuing my dream to live out Isaiah 1:17 to the best of my abilities. I am passionate about teaching and working with vulnerable families and children to improve their lives sustainably.
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