I will admit up front I know zero about the Adoption Network Cleveland and their conference. A friend whom I respect shared this on her Facebook wall. I am thereby assuming they are a decent org.
Even if they aren’t (honestly), I encourage all in the area to try and see The Good Adoptee which is being performed as part of the Adoption Network Cleveland annual conference. It appears you do not need to register for full conference to see the performance. Double check that, I could be wrong.
I saw this play in NYC (and shamefully, never wrote my thoughts on it, more to come on that) and really enjoyed. I say enjoyed in the sense that I appreciated adoptee Suzanne Bachner excellent playwriting skills and her willingness to share her story. The actress who plays Suzanne is also pretty fabulous.
“Here’s a PSA to those of you who “celebrate” National Adoption Awareness Month: Remember that many adoptees like me are not so keen on it. Adoption isn’t just about love. It’s not based in altruism. It’s a multibillion dollar business where there’s a clear buyer, seller, and product. It operates within violence, especially violence toward women.
As an institution, adoption has a history of telling lies, like it did to my mother. As an institution, adoption has a history of taking advantage of women in vulnerable situations, like it did with my mother. As an institution, adoption has a history of favoring privileged women at the expense of disadvantage women, like my mother.” – Kevin Vollmers