What NPR Got Wrong in its Story About Ethiopia’s Adoption Ban

Newsflash to NPR: It’s not supposed to be about making white American families happy by procuring foreign children. It’s supposed to be about THE CHILDREN, PERIOD.

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NPR recently did a soft story: “In Ethiopia, A New Ban on Foreign Adoptions Is About National Pride.”

Here’s what went wrong with it:

In a story about Ethiopian adoptions, not one adult adoptee was included for perspective. Nor was an Ethiopian birth parent quoted, if any were even consulted.

The tragic death of Ethiopian adoptee Hana Williams was glossed over. Her murder by her adoptive parents was considered homicide by abuse, and roiled the Ethiopian adoption community as well as Ethiopians in Ethiopia and in the diaspora.

Fraud and corruption didn’t even get a mention in this story. Staff from one agency were indicted by the US Justice Department, pled guilty, and were given jail time. That’s not insignificant. Many adoptive families and adoptees from Ethiopia have learned that the reasons that adoption agencies provided for their adoption were not true or accurate. For example, many adoptees have…

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One thought on “What NPR Got Wrong in its Story About Ethiopia’s Adoption Ban

  1. It’s very true. The voices of adopted adults are seldom heard in any way, shape or form. We are invisible. The stories are always from the adoptive parents point of view, unless it’s a saccharine I’m so grateful narrative.
    Same for natural mothers. Silence unless it’s I’m so glad I gave my child a better life.

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