The debate illustrates my argument that advocates for ICA, such as Prof. Bartholet, unintentionally undermine ICA by denying and minimizing the abuses and resisting necessary regulations on money, intermediaries, and agency accountability that could reduce those abuses. Some ICA advocates (like Professor Bartholet) also minimize the significance of the losses and difficulties for adoptees of the trans-racial, trans-cultural, and trans-national nature of ICA, as well as the trauma to family and child of the loss of relationship between child and original family. Although purportedly pro-ICA, I think this approach is contributing to its destruction.
By contrast, Prof. Bartholet classifies me with anti-ICA forces whom she sees as destructive of the best interests of children. She perceives ICA as under assault from such forces.
In the midst of this debate are questions about the numbers and characteristics of “unparented” children (or orphans) in “need” of ICA, the extent of abusive practices, the significance and interpretation of the subsidiary principle and of relevant international law, and the nature of interventions short of full adoption.
And so without further ado, here is the link to the debate. It will take you to the bepress site page for the debate. To read the debate, click on the button to the left of the photo that says "download." This will allow you to download the debate file (in pdf form) to your computer where you can read it:
I look forward to comments (I hope respectful even if passionate!) on the debate or the issues it raises.
Elizabeth Bartholet & David Smolin Debate International Adoption
Enjoy! And again, as David said, comments and debate on the issues it raises are welcome. Please post those comments here as there is nowhere to post comments on the bepress site.
"The Debate" between Elizabeth Bartholet and David Smolin, currently pre-published on the internet by permission of the book publisher (see below) at bepress: Selected Works of David Smolin .
"The Debate" by Elizabeth Bartholet and David Smolin, to be a chapter in the upcoming book,