People's History of Adoption Justice

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. While complicated, the historical contexts of the Indian Child Welfare Act, transnational adoption, and the rights of youth in state custody are fundamentally about reproductive justice. Let's talk about adoption justice by examining modern practices of adoption through the historical context of colonialism. Through storytelling and an intersectional analysis, panelists will open a conversation about the implications of the oppressive 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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