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Child Abduction for Adoption and a Tangled Web of Deceit in Guatemala: A Review of Erin Siegal’s “Finding Fernanda”

Written by Karen Smith Rotabi for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to rivet directly with a author should do so during the original post.

2012 01 10 rotabi2 Child Abduction for Adoption and the Tangled Web of Deceit in Guatemala: A Review of Erin Siegal’s “Finding Fernanda”

Because many of my investigate has focused on reforming intercountry adoption and many generally Guatemala, we non-stop Siegal’s “Finding Fernanda” cautiously. She began a story by capturing a scanty life of a dynamic mother, Mildred Alvarado, and her children vital on poverty’s sour edge.

By a finish of this enthralling read, it is unfit to see Alvarado as anything though a clever and volatile lady who is dynamic to quarrel resources of misery and oppression–its impact on tellurian grace and a drop of her family.

This categorical thread of a story creates Alvarado not usually an engaging woman, though a loser that everybody contingency wish for a ‘right thing’ to occur in a end.

However, when Alvarado and many other women’s stories of child abduction for adoption went ‘public’ it seemed everybody in a intercountry adoption village was routing opposite ‘the truth.’ It was inconceivable that some [1] of a pleasing children who had been adopted from Guatemala came to their adoptive families from sinister pathways. ‘Orphan’ adoption is noticed by many as an honest act and to advise that children are not truly orphans (and might be trafficking victims) is some-more than uncivil to many people. Unfortunately a chronological context and story of Guatemala is distant too difficult for such fantasized notions about ‘orphans’ to always be loyal and when interrogates a facts, a unusual existence unfolds.

Siegal pulls together many of a contribution in her book, mostly permitting them to pronounce for themselves. The villain, an executive executive of a notoriously bad adoption group in Florida, gives a reader some discernment into a middle workings of a ‘Christian’ lady who uses faith to manipulate her clients as needed. Then, there is a some-more pointed strategy of a US Government, trimming from a US Department of State to a many Senators and Congressmen who direct that their constituent’s adoptions be completed—regardless of fears of fraud, coercion, and abduction of children for adoption.

2012 01 10 rotabi4 Child Abduction for Adoption and the Tangled Web of Deceit in Guatemala: A Review of Erin Siegal’s “Finding Fernanda”

Siegal righteously identifies that one should follow a money! [2] we am left wondering how an executive executive of an adoption group can make in a operation of $250,000 annually with 6 figure bonuses for her father (with small support for ‘why’ such a remuneration is legitimate). How can a IRS concede such absurd income government of a ‘non-profit’ agency? Further, some think that this group director’s home and car are paid for by a organization. While these allegations are not substantiated, a guess is telling.

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