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The Child Catchers

Rescue, Trafficking, And The New Gospel Of Adoption

By Kathryn Joyce, 1979-

When Jessie Hawkins’ adopted daughter told her she had another mom back in Ethiopia, Jessie didn’t, at first, know what to think. She’d wanted her adoption to be great story about a child who needed a home and got one, and a family led by God to adopt. Instead, she felt like she’d done something wrong.

Adoption has long been enmeshed in the politics of reproductive rights, pitched as a “win-win” compromise in the never-ending abortion debate. But as Kathryn Joyce makes clear in The Child Catchers, adoption has lately become even more entangled in the conservative Christian agenda.

To tens of millions of evangelicals, adoption is a new front in the culture wars: a test of “pro-life” bona fides, a way for born again Christians to reinvent compassionate conservatism on the global stage, and a means to fulfill the “Great Commission” mandate to evangelize the nations. Influential leaders fervently promote a new “orphan theology,” urging followers to adopt en masse, with little thought for the families these “orphans” may already have.
Conservative evangelicals control much of that industry through an infrastructure of adoption agencies, ministries, political lobbying groups, and publicly-supported “crisis pregnancy centers,” which convince women not just to “choose life,” but to choose adoption. Overseas, conservative Christians preside over a spiraling boom-bust adoption market in countries where people are poor and regulations weak, and where hefty adoption fees provide lots of incentive to increase the “supply” of adoptable children, recruiting “orphans” from intact but vulnerable families.

The Child Catchers is a shocking exposé of what the adoption industry has become and how it got there, told through deep investigative reporting and the heartbreaking stories of individuals who became collateral damage in a market driven by profit and, now, pulpit command.

Anyone who seeks to adopt—of whatever faith or no faith, and however well-meaning—is affected by the evangelical adoption movement, whether they know it or not. The movement has shaped the way we think about adoption, the language we use to discuss it, the places we seek to adopt from, and the policies and laws that govern the process. In The Child Catchers, Kathryn Joyce reveals with great sensitivity and empathy why, if we truly care for children, we need to see more clearly.  

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Format: Book
Author: Joyce, Kathryn, 1979-
Summary: "Adoption has long been enmeshed in the politics of abortion. But as award-winning journalist Kathryn Joyce makes clear in The Child Catchers, adoption has lately become entangled in the con
Title: The child catchers : rescue, trafficking, and the new gospel of adoption / Kathryn Joyce.
Publisher Date: New York : PublicAffairs, c2013.
Subject: Adoption -- Religious aspects -- Christianity Abortion -- Religious aspects -- Christianity FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Adoption & Fostering POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism. SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion. RELIGION / Fundamentalism.
Isbn: 9781586489427 (hardback) 1586489429 (hardback)
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Format: Book
Author: Joyce, Kathryn, 1979-
Summary: "Adoption has long been enmeshed in the politics of abortion. But as award-winning journalist Kathryn Joyce makes clear in The Child Catchers, adoption has lately become entangled in the conservative Christian agenda. To tens of millions of evangelicals, adoption has become a new front in the culture wars: a test of "pro-life" bonafides, a way to reinvent compassionate conservatism on the global stage, and a means to fulfill the "Great Commission" mandate that Christians evangelize the nations. Influential leaders fervently promote a new "orphan theology," urging followers to adopt en masse, with little thought for the families these "orphans" may actually have. Christian adoption activists have added moral weight to a multi-billion dollar adoption industry intent on increasing the "supply" of adoptable children, both at home and overseas. The Child Catchers is a shocking expose; of what the adoption industry has become and how it got there, told through deep investigative reporting and the heartbreaking stories of individuals who found that their own, and their children's, well-being was ultimately irrelevant in a market driven by profit and now, pulpit command. "-- Provided by publisher.
Summary: "Adoption has long been enmeshed in the politics of abortion. But as award-winning journalist Kathryn Joyce makes clear in The Child Catchers, adoption has lately become entangled in the con
Title: The child catchers : rescue, trafficking, and the new gospel of adoption / Kathryn Joyce.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : PublicAffairs, c2013.
Description: xvii, 332 p. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Adoption -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Subjects: Abortion -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Subjects: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Adoption & Fostering
Subjects: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism.
Subjects: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion.
Subjects: RELIGION / Fundamentalism.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-308) and index.
Contents: New life -- The touchable gospel -=- Suffering is part of the plan -- Inside the boom -- A little war -- Pipeline problems -- A thousand ways to not help orphans -- Going home.
LCCN: 2012044316
ISBN: 9781586489427 (hardback)
ISBN: 1586489429 (hardback)
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Call Number: 362.734 Joy