Adoption is a way to destroy cultures - "cultural genocide".
Many of those in power in America would like to destroy families
that are not of the "family-unit" family type. They often
focus their efforts on getting healthy white infants - the type
most desired by adopters. But, non-white people may also have their
families destroyed. (If the babies aren't healthy enough or otherwise
can't be sold, then they can always be put into institutions or
The following excerpt was found on the Lost Bird Society website.
It is from a book written by Renee Sansom-Flood, who was nominated
for a Pulitzer for her work on the original lost bird. A link to
the Lost Bird Society follows the excerpt.
HOW AMERICAN INDIAN MOTHER'S LOST THIER CHILDREN by Renee Sansom-Flood
RENEE'S EXPERIENCES AS A SOCIAL WORKER Below is an excerpt from
Renee's book, Lost Bird of Wounded Knee: Spirit of the Lakota,
about her experiences as a Social Worker.
One day I went to a local hospital with another social worker.
On the maternity ward, we found a young Lakota mother holding
her baby boy. She had him wrapped up tightly in a warm blanket,
and he was asleep. When the social worker barged in on the mother,
she didn't look up. A nurse came and pulled the curtain around
us. "Are you having trouble finding a place to stay?" The worker
began sympathetically. She gave me a knowing look and she thought
the Indian girl hadn't noticed. The girl was scared. Without looking,
Indians can read body language like radar. "We just need a ride
back to Rosebud," She said softly, still without looking up. Now
began the barrage of questions, each unconsciously calculated
to destroy the young woman's self-esteem. "How will you raise
your child without money?" the worker asked. "What kind of life
can you provide for him on the reservation? If you really love
your boy, you'd give him a chance in life. We have a long list
of good people who can never have children of their own. They
have money, beautiful homes. Your baby would have everything;
a good education, nice clothes, loving parents, opportunities
you can never give him...." When we got to the state car in the
parking lot, I looked back up at the hospital window. There stood
the young Lakota mother, her open palms on the window above her
head. The worker handed me the baby, and I held him, still looking
up at the Lakota girl watching us helplessly as we drove away
with her precious child.
Today a child of Native American decent is protected from being
forcibly "turned into a white man" through laws that prevent
adoption of Native Americans by non-Natives.