Questions are a burden to others. Answers are a prison for oneself.There is a war going on over the identities of adoptees, under the guise of so-called "safe haven" laws. Take a look at this position paper from Bastard Nation, plus this impressive analysis courtesy of Baby Love Child. As Dave Barry says, no, I am not making this up. "Safe haven" laws are designed to destroy kids' identities in order to fast-track them into the adoption market.
-- The Prisoner
Please go read BLC's analysis. Here's what she has to say (from her blog posts on the Nebraska situation):
There is no ‘fixing’ these laws. Even should it be modified to apply only to “newborns” (define and prove that one…) or kids in ‘imminent danger’ (again proving that one will be no end of tricky) it will STILL deny infants their identity, circumvent all best practices in child welfare and adoption, and create a class of kids relinquished in a ‘paperfree’ manner.Do you know why international adoption is so popular? Because it's less likely that adoptive parents will have to deal with the birth family. And what's happening right now? Foreign countries are closing their doors to U.S. prospective adopters, and the adoption reform movement is making strides in opening records. What to do? Create a domestic subset of legally relinquished, guaranteed tabula-rasa children prime for adoption. Presto! Restock the supply chain, reassure customers, get rid of the nay-sayers, and give the politicans good election-year campaign material, all at the same time. "Safe havens" are a safe bet, politically, because it's for the children, and you're not against helping children, are you?
After all, how can one have open records when there are no records to get?
(Now these boys [the tweens/teens dumped in Nebraska] being less than desirable adoption fodder, what with being termed ‘unruly juveniles’ and all, odds are pretty slim they’d be finding a new adoptive home within the week. Young, cute, and perhaps less verbal dumplings on the other hand, are in high demand, with phone calls coming in wanting to adopt almost from the first mention on many local newscasts.)
[T]he unseen and often unvoiced full horror of the law is that it intentionally encourages legalizes child abandonment AND effectively works to short circuit the fundamental identity rights of adoptees.
As for the lack of paperwork, baby dump advocates call it "non-bureaucratic placement." And ANY person who has custody of the kid can dump, no questions asked. One of the Nebraska tweens was legally abandoned by his aunt. Imagine this: somebody gets ticked at you, swipes your kid and dumps him/her at a "designated safe haven." We all know (from the recent Texas "sect" case, and elsewhere) that once a kid is in the foster care system, it's damn near impossible without money and influence to get that kid back. As a parent, your rights are now zero. And as an adoptee, that child-turned-adult's rights will also be zero. They won't have any sealed records to open because no records will exist. How convenient for adopters like these who refuse to acknowledge that adoptees had lives and families prior to adoption.
Baby dump laws should be repealed. They're not about saving kids, they're a new twist on perpetuating the same old secretive system. Adoption should be rare and as transparent as possible. If we really want to save kids, we must protect their rights until they are adults and able to speak for themselves.