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International Adoption Policy - Guatemala 2007

CSS 153 - Central Americans in the US
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Carlos Rogel

on 17 March 2015

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Transcript of International Adoption Policy - Guatemala 2007

A Debate on International Adoption Policy
Guatemala 2007 Create and present a 1 minute Argument You will have 30 seconds to Rebuttal Debate Format International Adoption Policy Assessment and Suitability for Adoption.

"As social workers all over the United States preach, all children have the right to parents who love them and will feed and take care of them, and if possible, provide them with an education. So this was a win-win situation. An American family that wanted to adopt a child was able to do so, and Patty, institutionalized for almost a year by the time she was able to leave, would have a home. A child's right to a good home" (58)

Should the government assess the condition of the adopting family or should the condition of the adopting family be determined by a private organization? Argue for or against a privately-managed or government-managed assessment of families.

- "Good Home" and the American Way of Thinking
-Biological and Culture vs. Wealth and Education
-Assessment of Wellness: Is it Possible?
-Requirements for Adopting Families International Adoption Policy Compensation for Adoption / Commodified Brown Bodies

"No' Cesy answered, fully composed. 'Don't worry, la niña va bien'. The girl will be fine. She continued to use language that would shield Berenice from what was actually happening. 'Remember they'll pay you,' Cesy added, rubbing her fingers together and uttering a promise that Antonia had already heard several times from this woman" (43).

Should it be legal for parents to receive compensation in exchange for placing their children for adoption? Argue for or against the monetary compensation of adoptive children.

-How should compensation be determined?
-How is abuse of the system for compensation managed?
-Does it create economic dependencies?
-Human trafficking Identity and Culture Closed or Open Adoptions

"Once the initial excitement of a new place and a new home wore off and Ellie felt comfortable enough with Judy to share her feelings, the truth behind her late-night crying and pounding the pillow began to emerge. "Why did my mother abandon me?" she pleaded. And Judy would hug her and notice the burn marks on her arms and legs, and slowly pry open the truth about Ellie's biological mother, Antonia, just enough to get a glimpse of the darkness in the girl's past and shed a little light on that dark lonely cellar. (Pg 77-78)

The nature of international adoptions often removes the child from their culture of origin, resulting in hybrid or assimilated identities. Yet policies can require adoptive families to maintain or later establish connections with the birth-families or culture. Argue for or against "Open" international adoptions.

-Distinguish between Culture and Identity
-Should it be case-by-case or overarching?
-reclaiming identity through learning/revisiting native land
-personal identity vs. communal identity
-breaking assimilation
-Past abuse or trauma in former living environments Concluding Questions A Review of the Debated Adoption Policy Group 4: April 30, 2013 Between Light and Shadow: A Guatemalan Girl's Journey through Adoption by Jacob Wheeler Maritza Cardenas, Michelle Portillo, Carlos Rogel, Zayra Valle, Bryant Gamez You will have 30 seconds for Concluding Remarks Debate Context Imagine you are back in October 2007 and are responsible for formatting international adoption legislation. This legislation called the Ortega law will be responsible for taking adoption from the private sector into a central government agency. Using the cases presented in Jacob Wheeler's "Between Light and Shadow" construct an argument for or against the questions assigned to your group. Remember to look at all angles of your argument, including race, class and gender. Remember that both the families seeking international adoption and those placing children for adoption are implicated in this system. Make sure to look at the relationships of power and how it plays out through education, economics, politics and history. Form Groups into Debate Teams You will form 3 groups of 6 people. Each group will tackle one aspect of international adoption.

We will have 10 minutes to workshop your question to form For or Against arguments.

Your debate team will consist of 3 people. Quote Question Talking Points Topic Topic Quote Question Talking Points Compensation Assessment International Adoption Policy Topic Quote We ask participants to score the debate groups on a scoresheet. We will tally the results at the end of the presentation. Question Talking Points For or Against a Government-managed Assessment For or Against Compensation to birth-parent/s For or Against Open Adoptions What were your thoughts of the adoption cases presented in the book? Where you able to relate to some of the experiences or know of someone with a similar past? How do some of the topics from previous weeks intersect with the cases presented in Wheeler's book?
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