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BRAND X

Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.

Posts tagged orphan

Jul 17 '14
"Sometimes people with the worst past end up creating the best future."
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(Source: onlinecounsellingcollege)

Jul 11 '14
"While the purported purpose of the bill is to reduce the number of children in orphanages, the opposite will most certainly result. According to Kathryn Joyce in The Child Catchers intercountry adoptions actually increase the number of children living in institutions: “Children who were not unparented or homeless before end up becoming institutionalized as a direct result of orphanages setting up shop in poor areas.”

The adoption industry helps create these institutions, often funded in large part, by grateful adoptive parents. As we’ve seen in the Ethiopian case, practitioners may falsely claim children are orphans in order to line their pockets with American money.

Furthermore, increasing intercountry adoptions runs the risk that children will be placed in unsafe homes where they may be killed, abused, or dumped into another unsafe home, as the recent series of stories on “re-homing” has shown us. It also diverts money which could be used to help children remain within their families."

[Birth Mother] First Mother Forum: Encouraging intercountry adoptions with hard cash

this article starts with the line ‘when half the faculty at Harvard and Boston College Law Schools endorse a bill that encourages poor countries to take children from their mothers and send them to the United States for adoption, you’d think something was amiss’ and it’s probably a sign i read too many (or just enough) adoption blogs that my first thought was ‘i thought that was the whole point of international adoption’.

(via keelanrosa)

"Children who were not unparented or homeless before end up becoming institutionalized as a direct result of orphanages setting up shop in poor areas.”

Jun 26 '14
Jun 26 '14

liztrade:

stoneandbloodandwater:

iincantatem:

Dumbledore, notorious for giving second chances Dumbledore, let Sirius rot in Azkaban for twelve years. 

He must have known Sirius well due to his time in the Order, he must have known what James meant to Sirius. Dumbledore was a member of the freaking Wizengamot yet he didn’t fight the Ministry’s horrifying trial-optional policy. 

This is a man who took back Death Eater!Snape at his word, shielded him from prison, and employed him at a school for children. 

But he didn’t have a use for Sirius, so he didn’t care about him.

I got 99 problems with Dumbledore and his treatment of Sirius Black accounts for like 64 of them.  

To be honest, Albus Dumbledore is one of the most disturbing, terrifying characters I’ve ever found in a book, because he thought he was a good guy and so did everyone else and the books don’t really challenge it either (given that Harry forgives him for everything he did), but when you look between the lines he was profoundly, profoundly immoral and unethical.

A couple of months ago, I was talking about HP characters with a friend, and he said that Dumbledore was one of his least favorite characters of all time.

Naturally, this took me back a bit since he’s one of the heroes of the series, misguided as he was at times. Still, I was curious and asked my friend why he hated him. His answer still strikes a chord with me.

"There is never, ever a reason to leave a child in an abusive home. Never."

Jun 3 '14
andybeedesigns:

Are Prayer Requests for a Baby Christian?
I do see similarities between marriage and adoption. Both institutions involve joining those who are not relatives by birth, both become immediate family members and both entail legalities.
And…in order to “marry” an infant who is not your son or daughter by birth, there first has to be a “divorce.”
So, Christian who is praying for an infant to adopt…when you pray to move up on the adoption agency’s waiting list, praying for a baby to become available, do you understand that you are praying for a family to be separated, so you can be joined together?
That’s what it will take for you to get the baby.
When you ask your friends to join you in praying that a baby will more quickly become available for you, do you understand that you are praying for a traumatic event in the life of a mother and child, one that will affect both of their lives, forever?
Babies Are In Short Supply…
Relinquishments are not as prevalent today as they were in the baby scoop era. Available infants are rare and in Christian circles they are prayed in for desperate couples, and sometimes even fundraised in. With this reality in mind, when you pray that a mother somewhere will make the decision to surrender her baby so that you can have them, how would it be that much different from praying that a person would leave their spouse so you can marry them?
It’s just a fact that before a family is joined together through adoption, another family must be separated by relinquishment. If a plethora of adoptive parents have their way, they are separated permanently, never to see one another again.
The difficult truth for many to accept: for a child to be adopted, a tragedy is first required.
I stand amazed at the amount of people I personally encounter who just will not accept this glaring truth.
“But I’m not praying for a tragedy to happen…” they say. “I just want a baby, not a tragedy.”
Don’t you know where adopted babies come from? There is no adoption stork. Or a Santa Claus.
If more babies are going to be available to adopt, more have to be relinquished.  It’s just as simple as that. Supply and demand.
Source: http://adoptionvoicesmagazine.com/adoptee-view/dear-christian-who-is-praying-for-an-infant-to-adopt/#.UoltssRkNuC

Marriage in no way shape or form resembles the adoption of children. And the comparison is grossly inappropriate, even if one tries to draw parallels between the industrialized trafficking of adoptees to specific contexts where wives are treated as property.
That being said — you’re close to hitting the nail on the head on how the global oppression and structurally violent poverty responsible for tearing apart family preservation in POC and non-Western communities is not really thought of as undesirable by Western Christians as long it benefits them.

andybeedesigns:

Are Prayer Requests for a Baby Christian?

I do see similarities between marriage and adoption. Both institutions involve joining those who are not relatives by birth, both become immediate family members and both entail legalities.

And…in order to “marry” an infant who is not your son or daughter by birth, there first has to be a “divorce.”

So, Christian who is praying for an infant to adopt…when you pray to move up on the adoption agency’s waiting list, praying for a baby to become available, do you understand that you are praying for a family to be separated, so you can be joined together?

That’s what it will take for you to get the baby.

When you ask your friends to join you in praying that a baby will more quickly become available for you, do you understand that you are praying for a traumatic event in the life of a mother and child, one that will affect both of their lives, forever?

Babies Are In Short Supply…

Relinquishments are not as prevalent today as they were in the baby scoop era. Available infants are rare and in Christian circles they are prayed in for desperate couples, and sometimes even fundraised in. With this reality in mind, when you pray that a mother somewhere will make the decision to surrender her baby so that you can have them, how would it be that much different from praying that a person would leave their spouse so you can marry them?

It’s just a fact that before a family is joined together through adoption, another family must be separated by relinquishment. If a plethora of adoptive parents have their way, they are separated permanently, never to see one another again.

The difficult truth for many to accept: for a child to be adopted, a tragedy is first required.

I stand amazed at the amount of people I personally encounter who just will not accept this glaring truth.

“But I’m not praying for a tragedy to happen…” they say. “I just want a baby, not a tragedy.”

Don’t you know where adopted babies come from? There is no adoption stork. Or a Santa Claus.

If more babies are going to be available to adopt, more have to be relinquished.  It’s just as simple as that. Supply and demand.

Source: http://adoptionvoicesmagazine.com/adoptee-view/dear-christian-who-is-praying-for-an-infant-to-adopt/#.UoltssRkNuC

Marriage in no way shape or form resembles the adoption of children. And the comparison is grossly inappropriate, even if one tries to draw parallels between the industrialized trafficking of adoptees to specific contexts where wives are treated as property.

That being said — you’re close to hitting the nail on the head on how the global oppression and structurally violent poverty responsible for tearing apart family preservation in POC and non-Western communities is not really thought of as undesirable by Western Christians as long it benefits them.

Jun 3 '14
of-castles-and-converses:

Damn straight.

of-castles-and-converses:

Damn straight.

(Source: rinielle)

Apr 27 '14

itsvondell:

proof harry potter is definitely white and cannot be a POC:

  • they dont mention his race, which means he’s white, the default race
  • he has green eyes, which only white people can have
  • he has messy black hair, a hair color most commonly associated with white people
  • he is funny, charming, brave, and charismatic charismatic, traits i have trouble associating with non-whites
  • he is a complex character and i have trouble imagining non-whites as complex people
  • he is the protagonist of a book that is not about racism

He’s an orphan, and while the overwhelming majority of orphans are POC, important orphans that aren’t total charity cases (even though the Dursleys always harangue him about how grateful he should be while abusing him outright) MUST be white.

Apr 2 '14

The Evangelical Orphan Boom
Christian advocates of transnational adoption often claim some 150 million children need homes — even though that figure, derived from a UNICEF report, includes all non-Western children who have lost only one parent, and also any children who live with extended family.  
Evangelicals from the Bible Belt to Southern California don wristbands or T-shirts reading “orphan addict” or “serial adopter.” Ministries have emerged to raise money and award grants to help Christians pay the fees (some $30,000 on average, plus travel) associated with transnational adoption.
However well intended, this enthusiasm has exacerbated what has become a boom-and-bust market for children that leaps from country to country. In many cases, the influx of money has created incentives to establish or expand orphanages — and identify children to fill them. 
The potential for fraud and abuse is high. Of course, adoption problems aren’t limited to Christian agencies, and they don’t originate with them, but some movement insiders say that evangelicals — whether driven by zeal or naïveté — have had a disproportionate impact on the international adoption system.

The Evangelical Orphan Boom

Christian advocates of transnational adoption often claim some 150 million children need homes — even though that figure, derived from a UNICEF report, includes all non-Western children who have lost only one parent, and also any children who live with extended family.

Evangelicals from the Bible Belt to Southern California don wristbands or T-shirts reading “orphan addict” or “serial adopter.” Ministries have emerged to raise money and award grants to help Christians pay the fees (some $30,000 on average, plus travel) associated with transnational adoption.

However well intended, this enthusiasm has exacerbated what has become a boom-and-bust market for children that leaps from country to country. In many cases, the influx of money has created incentives to establish or expand orphanages — and identify children to fill them.

The potential for fraud and abuse is high. Of course, adoption problems aren’t limited to Christian agencies, and they don’t originate with them, but some movement insiders say that evangelicals — whether driven by zeal or naïveté — have had a disproportionate impact on the international adoption system.

Mar 29 '14

(Source: youngnapoleon)

Mar 17 '14

analogbrain:

The best thing about being an orphan is…tricked you. There isn’t that much great about being an orphan. Contrary to what disney would like you to believe, there is no singing, dancing, or helpful forest creatures that join you in song as you go through your life.

It’s a lot of pain no one gets.

The only people who will understand what it means to be an orphan are those of us who are also “class bastards”—fucked over by adoption agencies that prevent us from finding our origins, fucked over by the foster care system who just sees us as numbers and statistics, “parents” who are abusive but get the clearance to adopt us anyways …the list goes on.

Class bastards, don’t give up and i won’t give up either. The odds are stacked against us but we are many. And together we are strong.