To be honest, the stuff in the article about trying to order up a 6-month-old healthy baby girl didn't especially anger me. I knew it was coming. That sort of attitude is all over the place with Chinese adoption. It happened in the wake of Haiti's earthquake, too: disaster capitalism trading in human flesh. Disgustingly predictable. But something else in this article did actually make me really mad.
Foreigners Looking to Adopt Japanese Earthquake Orphans Need Not Apply
Tom Defilipo, president of Joint Council on International Children Services, said that stress on lineage also makes the Japanese society “very averse to adoptions.”
“Very few adoptions take place in Japan domestically and only about 30-34 last year internationally” despite having “about 400 children’s homes in the country and about 25,000 children approximately in those homes,” Defilipo told FoxNews.com. “Bloodlines are exceptionally important, so the whole idea of adopting or raising a child that’s not your own or isn’t part of your extended family is relatively unheard of.”
Still, Ogaway, Osborne, and Defilipo all agree that the children whose parents died in the earthquake will likely be absorbed into extended families. It is, they say, far too early for any of the children to be considered for adoption because Japanese authorities are still searching to find which children’s parents are just missing, which are confirmed dead and which of those children have other family to care for them.
Tom Defilipo, president of Joint Council on International Children Services, is completely full of shit, his generalizations about Japanese culture are racist, and his organization as a whole is corrupt and only serves the interest of rich white heterosexual first-world adopters.
There is domestic adoption in Japan. It is not "unheard" of. I have a history of adoption in my own family, in Japan
I just want to make sure people know not to trust this awful spokesperson.