February 5, 2008 by multiracialsky
If you haven’t heard about it yet, please allow yourself to become completely ill and check out this Medical Adoptions website (hat tip to Paula and Mia). Their tag-line is “The Organs You Need – The Home They Deserve”. This is a purported international adoption agency offering ‘completely legal’ adoptions for the specified purpose of the adoptee being an organ donor to a parent or child in the adoptive family. Tissue matching is reportedly done at the beginning of the adoption process.
The consensus so far is that this is all a hoax. (The site states they have an office in the Appalachian mountains to service their U.S. clients. And that adoptions will be completed in 9-28 days.) Even if it is supposed to be some sort of political-statement-joke–I’m not laughing.
The scary thing (which one?) is that this idea is not that far fetched. Whoever made the site knows a lot about adoption: international adoption law, child trafficking law, stereotypical adoptive parents fears/concerns. The scary thing is that I’m not sure it’s fake. The site has already been forwarded to State Representatives in at least three states (soon to be four as soon as I’m done here).
The kicker? The fees are racially stratified. Race ‘preference’ and adoption, hand-in-hand yet again. Here is a promotional quote (bold added):
We also afford parents the luxury of selecting the appropriate adoption package from our classes of Platinum, Gold, Bronze and Onyx. Some people don’t care, but if you’re buying in, you might as well get exactly what you want. I prefer pasta to rice, and I’m always willing to pay extra for it. Then again, I prefer Kung Pow to Roast Beef, and I’m willing to pay the difference for that as well. Whether it’s tissue or your heir, you deserve the right to make such a choice, and we not only allow it, but price it accordingly based strictly on supply and demand. These things can be critical to some parent beneficiaries, so we extend that option to our patrons.
My question: How can we change the way children are treated in this world, and how adoptions are conducted, so that there would be no question in my mind that this is simply a sick and twisted farce?