Mark Montgomery, professor of economics and Donald Wilson Professor of Enterprise and Leadership along with Irene (Tinker) Powell, professor of economics, will read from their newly published book, Saving International Adoption: An Argument From Economics and Personal Experience, as part of the Writers@Grinnell series at Grinnell College.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, February 8, in Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.

International adoption is in a state of virtual collapse, rates having fallen by more than half Saving International Adoption book coversince 2004 and continuing to fall. Yet around the world millions of orphaned and vulnerable children need permanent homes, and thousands of American and European families are eager to take them in. Many government officials, international bureaucrats, and social commentators claim these adoptions are not “in the best interests” of the child. They claim that adoption deprives children of their “birth culture,” threatens their racial identities, and even encourages widespread child trafficking. Celebrity adopters are publicly excoriated for stealing children from their birth families.

This book argues that opposition to adoption ostensibly based on the wellbeing of the child is often a smokescreen for protecting national pride. Concerns about the harm done by transracial adoption are largely inconsistent with empirical  evidence. As for trafficking, opponents of international adoption want to shut it down because it is too much like a market for children. But this book offers a radical challenge to this view — that is, what if instead of trying to suppress market forces in international adoption, we embraced them so they could be properly regulated? What if the international system functioned more like open adoption in the United States, where birth and adoptive parents can meet and privately negotiate the exchange of parental rights? This arrangement, the authors argue, could eliminate the abuses that currently haunt international adoption.

  - Vanderbilt University Press

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations.

The College welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child’s safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases, the College expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child’s safety and sees that the child complies with directions of College personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.

Share / Discuss