My copy of The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption by Kathryn Joyce arrived yesterday.
It is outstanding (and that has nothing to do with the fact I am mentioned on page 94). I am enjoying Joyce’s framing of the issues as well as her writing style. Too many adoption books or research articles read in a very clinical or thesis/college text type manner. I realize there is a reason for that but I worry the thesis type writing does not capture/engage the audience we need. These issues need to be written about, framed, in a way the average person can understand. Only a few chapters in and I believe Joyce has done a good job in that regard. Beginning the book with the story of “Sharon” the biological mother to seven on a mission to adopt “orphans” captured my attention immediately (confession: I often skip the preface of books I read). Reading about Sharon I found myself angry, dumbfounded, confused and at times, amused. As an anti-theist birth mother fighting for the rights of parents (single, poor, teen or other) to raise their children, I cannot wrap my brain around Sharon’s point of view but it captures my attention and definitely supports Joyce’s book.
If you haven’t already ordered, I encourage you to do so.
A better, more lengthy review to come, once I finish the book. While I am engaged, I will admit that I have to pick it up, read, put it down. It is triggering for me. Even reading the one paragraph about my own experience makes me cry…every time I read it (and my ego has read it several times, captured a photo of it and shared with my mom and sister). So, give me a few days to read, digest and process.
Thank you Kathryn for this book and for taking the time to listen to mothers like me.