We are members separated by adoption, parents of loss, activists, ministers, academic doctors, and more. We care for families still waiting for the return of their children. We discuss all components of adoption, including its history. We also acknowledge the unheard crisis of child trafficking to fill the market.
Inside, you'll first find the audiotape transcripts involving the Reverend Jim Jones' adoption of two out of three Korean-born children--on a stage of all places, and in front of a global congregation, spearheaded by fellow satellite television ministers.
Jim Jones did have at least one adopted child who refused to go to Jonestown. Which one? A daughter? The son? And what can we learn? The voices of adopted people are the most vital voice in adoption, yet the most left out when it comes to politics.
Praised as heading one of the first rainbow adoptive families, Adoptopia gives details and answers on the Jim Jones fiasco. Korean-born adoptee, Suzanne Jones, is recorded as saying: "I would rather have been dead over there [in Korea] than for him [Jim] to adopt me and to go through all this shit that's been going on..."
Inside Adoptopia: A Deep Dive into the Life and Times of Adoption Father, the Reverend Jim Jones, you will learn why it is sometimes dangerous to stay positive. This is a two-in-one book, which also includes the building of international adoption by the evangelicals of the time who could be accused of spearheading a little bit (or a lot) of that "orphan fever" still going on today.
Eighteen years earlier, she [Tinan's Haitian mother] had entrusted me to a boarding school for a short period of time to improve her financial situation as had 39 other mothers in the area. But when she came back for me, I was gone. Disappeared. Kidnapped! The facility was empty and staff was absent. She never knew where I had been taken.
I lived in a poor family in Haiti name was Manasseh at the time and I was only four and a half years old. Overnight, I landed in France, in a country I didn't know, with a new mother who renamed me Christophe. I was lost.
As a child, I was told that I was adopted because my Haitian mother could not afford to raise me. I then become the little black guy with whom the other white students of the school do not want to play. My revolt is silent. From the outside, I offer the appearance of a quiet, obedient, docile kid. But inside, it's bubbling, it's swirling. The little Haitian I am in my heart, can't thrive.
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that allow them to live better among their own people rather Unfortunately, mine is one example among many of the trafficking of children. This case was spectacular and made a lot of noise but child trafficking is a widespread reality in the world of international adoption, often in much more discreet forms.
In Haiti, I was kidnapped like 40 children on the same day as me, like many other children still to I was kidnapped like 40 children on the same day as me, like many other children still today. My French family thought they had adopted me in the rules, but in Haiti, the reality was quite different.
These questions came gradually during my teens until I felt the imperative need to find answers, around 20 years of age. If I hadn't been able to get back to my roots, I don't know if I could have continued to live.
"At first glance, I don't recognize my mother. From the first contact, however, I feel her maternal love intact. I'm overwhelmed with happiness. Finally, I have the feeling of belonging to this country forgotten by all, to this family that survives. The reunion is incredible. But what I learn from my mother is even more so.
When I first returned to Haiti in 2002, I met these 40 mothers and promised to look for their children once in France. It's not easy because they don't know what they've become and even don't know their French names. Moreover, French law protects plenary adoptions and I have no right to violate family secrets. So I have no contact with these children (now adults) but one of my missions is to find them. The best solution would be for these people to come to me instead of me looking for them.
They might claim that their way is the only way to God or Goodness. You have no right to form your own opinion. If and when you attempt to raise your opinion on the subject—which disagrees with them or threatens them in some way—they might resort to calling you names akin to anti-adoption, anti-Christian, anti-God, antichrist, and so on and so forth. They might slander, vilify, or demonize you, or even declare war on you.
They might preach messages that imply that you are unworthy, guilty of bad behavior, born of sin, somehow ungrateful or wrong in an effort to lower your self-esteem and self-worth and disempower you. Then they might instruct that you must look to them for Godly answers.
They might adore, pet, and pamper you since you’re so “good,” according to their beliefs and rules as if their directions are the answer to God and for your own good. They might not be aware that you have an innate moral compass from which you naturally share and help humanity—and that you are not lost, and thus do not need to be given directions on how to be good or saved.
They might encourage you to relinquish your child or separate you from your loved ones and family members. This will enable them to have a sole influence on you (or your child), and give them the ability to continue to shame and blame you and “your kind.”
They might promise everlasting life if you follow their rules under the guise of “obeying God.” As a reward, they might train you to “come full circle” and repeat their tactics as if their fundamentalist beliefs are endorsed by God.
They might accuse you of complaining, whining, and being negative or a bad influence, and they will pray for you to see the light and accept their way as truth if you voice any feelings of loss, sadness, grieving or even anger or anxiety.
After pushing you down, they might claim that they have the answers to raise your self-esteem and self-worth. They will tell you they are helping you to become a “better person.” For example, they might claim that by relinquishing your child to a “better” family, you are giving the “gift of love.” They will claim you are working God’s will (or God’s plan), and either helping someone else or yourself, and that you will be free to live the life you’ve always wanted, or somehow you will win God’s grace or freedom in the afterlife. In any event, you are now deemed a “winner” in some fashion.
Sometimes sermons were televised by pulpit but have expanded to stadium churches, satellite broadcasts, streaming sermons, and award-winning evangelical websites, and promotional materials embellished with images of happy multi-ethnic children under the high moral guidance of a “forever family” making the sweeping and superficial generalization that all their followers are “Good Christian families,” therefore no questions need to be asked about their attitude and activities, and when you do they accuse you of being disrespectful.)
They silence or discredit anyone who disagrees. They might even punish you for expressing disbelief. They claim that hurting you hurts them more. They might choose to work with special needs, "troubled teenagers," or "vulnerable populations" in an effort to be the authority among others. When you go to them for help, they scoff at you and ignore your concerns. You could then find yourself being isolated from your peers as if you had committed a crime. You might be accused of being ungrateful for the life they gave you or scolded for not being living up to their expectations.
INTO THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ADOPTIVE FATHER, THE REVEREND JIM JONES
ADOPTION YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND AROUND THE WORLD
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS . WHEN YOU STAND FOR YOURSELF, YOU STAND FOR OTHERS.
Adoptopia is dedicated to survivors of cult leaders who fiercely pushed their agenda onto others. The characteristics of a cult can be found in the attitude and activities of Pastor Jim Jones, founder of Peoples Temple Disciples of Christ Church. He is one example of many who forced the adoption agenda. Our mission is to redefine the mean
Adoptopia is dedicated to survivors of cult leaders who fiercely pushed their agenda onto others. The characteristics of a cult can be found in the attitude and activities of Pastor Jim Jones, founder of Peoples Temple Disciples of Christ Church. He is one example of many who forced the adoption agenda. Our mission is to redefine the meaning of adoption to include the real experiences of people adopted. Why are we so motivated? The trip to our nation of birth explains.
Ever felt like you were going in the opposite direction compared to everyone else? Since the end of World War II, adoption facilitators moved an estimated one million children overseas to foreign nations by way of intercountry adoption. According to Global Trends in Intercountry Adoption by Peter Selman of Newcastle University, UK, "the
Ever felt like you were going in the opposite direction compared to everyone else? Since the end of World War II, adoption facilitators moved an estimated one million children overseas to foreign nations by way of intercountry adoption. According to Global Trends in Intercountry Adoption by Peter Selman of Newcastle University, UK, "the movement of children to distant lands was a feature of British policy from the 19th century to the 1960s." More details on the movement of children can be found in the book Adoption: What You Should Know.
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