In a previous post [link], Lucy explores the idea of abuse that can be stated is functional to adoptive parents withholding information from a child temporarily in their care. I didn’t want to hijack that post, so I’m hoping to expand on that here a bit.
If we define the systemic displacement, dispossession, and disinheritance of a human being as a crime, how do we “unformalize” what has been deemed legal (with the unformalized notion of things like “trafficking” already being considered illegal)?
I ask this because when my lawyer went (for the third time) to attempt to find my records at the civil registry here, she was told (yet again) that there wasn’t any file for me. It could be that the clerk was just lazy; was expecting a “tip”; couldn’t be bothered—we don’t know.
But my lawyer said: “I have a birth certificate here, there should be a corresponding document in your office. If you are saying there isn’t one, than you are implying that this is a falsified document. If you let me leave with falsified government documents, than you are guilty of fraud, and I will press charges.” The manager found my file in 5 minutes.
My point is that there is the direct abuse of withholding information, then there is the “aiding and abetting” of a crime by participating in known fraudulent circumstances. I acknowledge what “works” in the periphery is very different from what goes on in the core, as it were.
All the same, we’re no longer in the halcyon days of Harry Holt and Pearl S. Buck. We know very well what is taking place when children change hands. Guatemalan mothers are already attempting to get the legal system to acknowledge their claims to their children, both in foreign and American courts.
The irony is that a falsified document in such a mother’s hands that allows her to, say, work in the United States gets her deported. A similar falsified document in her son’s or daughter’s hands allows him or her to be adopted.
Might it be possible to frame a case to establish the fraudulent nature of adoption in and of itself, and by extension, the “aiding and abetting” of such fraud?
How might we stop “living a lie” and actually establish recognition of that lie?