The Child Catchers: Criticism of the Orphan Care Movement

Interview with Kathryn Joyce, author of The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption– a new book that is highly critical of the evangelical orphan care and adoption movement. Joyce criticized the religious involvement into international adoption, and those who seek to adopt a US baby.

Hit the Highlights
  • How was the title chosen?
  • Is the “orphan crisis” a myth?
  • How does the significant shift in international adoption towards adopting older children, children with special needs, and sibling groups fit into Joyce’s critique of the orphan care movement?
  • Who was to blame for the ethical and educational failures of Liberian adoption?
  • What is the take home message to prevent adoption abuses?
  • What role/blame does Joyce assign to adoption agencies for adoption abuses?
  • How is the orphan care movement tied up in these abuses?
  • I was surprised by the lack of reference to adoption research. The book relied almost exclusively on anecdotal reports rather than research.
  • What are some of the ethical issues with international adoption, and what role does the evangelical orphan care/adoption ministry fit in?
  • What happens to the numbers of abandoned or relinquished children in orphanages once a country shuts down international adoption?
  • What abuses does she see in international adoptions from Korea?
  • Why does she see religion as the culprit?
  • What are the domestic infant adoption abuses Joyce sees in adopting a baby in the US?
  • Why did she not cover the emphasis on foster care adoption by the orphan ministry movement?