Adoption in the Time of Colonialism

Throughout history, the state removal of children from their families and communities has been used as a genocidal attack on native communities and communities of color, further advanced and fueled by missionary interests. Discussion in this workshop will be centered around adoption justice by examining this modern practice of adoption through the historical context of colonialism. Through storytelling and an intersectional analysis, panelists will open a conversation about the implications of the terrible origins of modern adoption practice and implementing a community justice approach to family creation within the intricacies of race, class, power and privilege, sovereignty, and self-determination.

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