The Disreputable Forced Adoption Practices of the Adoption Ind.
The Adoption Industry is a mega profit bearing machine that sells the human misery of two people to temporary appease the selfish desires of a single person.
The psychological destruction of two human lives for the price of buying one 18 year term of a legal childhood is the morally corrupt American Adoption Industry peddling human flesh to the detriment of psychologically damaged infertile American women. The information below summarizes the disputable morality of people in positions trust and leadership that (pointed out below) used and abused their authority, privilege and the intentionally broken medical oath of "Do No Harm", the deliberate assaults that caused agony, pain and destruction to the lives of pregnant women and the stolen
generation of ripped apart individuals who remain forever without identity.
By Dr Daryl Higgins MAPS, Deputy Director (Research), Australian Institute of Family Studies
Forced adoption experiences
- Mothers being used for the training of medical students
- Mothers being sexually assaulted b
- by medical professionals
- Mothers experiencing medical neglect or maltreatment
- Mothers being tied to beds, forcibly held down, having pillows placed over their faces and having sheets held up to shield the view of their newborn son/daughter during labour
- Mothers being administered drugs that caused impaired judgement/capacity to make informed decisions
- Mothers and fathers being informed that their newborn son/daughter was deceased when they were not
- The unethical and illegal obtaining of consent to adopt (or no consent obtained at all)
- Adoptees as babies being used for medical experimentations
- Adoptees being placed with abusive adoptive parents
- Adoptees being lied to regarding the circumstances surrounding their adoption, including the obtaining of consent from their parents
- Fathers being excluded from information and decisions about the care of children.
Support service needs of people affected by forced adoption
|Some dos and don'ts when working with people affected by forced adoption|
Implications for current policy and service delivery
a commitment to shared parental responsibility between parents and adoptive parents.
What does this mean for psychologists in practice?
- Reading about the history of adoption and its impacts to provide contextual background
- Undertaking thorough assessment and screening processes to establish an appropriate treatment plan, tailored to meet individual needs and circumstances
- Referring clients for trauma-specific services (for example, trauma-focused psychotherapy interventions) where trauma is not the practitioner’s own area of expertise
- Engaging with clients in a manner that is understanding and non-judgemental of the needs and necessary coping behaviours that were required of the trauma survivor to function in everyday life.
Researcher reflection on a knowledge translation session with psychologists
By Pauline Kenny, Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies
The research undertaken by the AIFS has identified a need for making better use of both our existing knowledge in relation to the effects of forced adoption, as well as the feedback from affected individuals about the improvements to service delivery that they want to see occur. However, it is increasingly recognised that the provision of information in and of itself (simple dissemination) is inadequate in supporting the translation of research into practice, i.e., improving the quality of services available to those affected by forced adoption. In view of this, we have undertaken a number of direct engagement activities with service professionals in order to provide a more meaningful platform for this knowledge translation.
In April 2014, I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak to members of the APS ACT Branch regarding the findings of the AIFS research and the implications for therapeutic practice. As I commenced my presentation, there were a number of things that became apparent very quickly:
The intention of the professional development session was to focus on what we know from the research about the impacts of forced adoption and the mental health issues that are often present in many affected individuals, in order for mental health professionals to more appropriately respond to their clients’ needs. However, there was an additional powerful outcome judging from the response from this group of psychologists, which also affirmed the importance for those of us who undertook the research to ‘tell the story’.
The importance of a meaningful exchange of information that enables interaction, discussion and reflection was truly apparent in this setting. Through adopting an engaged approach to disseminating the findings of our research, what began as a 2-hour continuing professional development activity transpired into a lot more for some of the practitioners who attended. The ‘light bulb’ moments that were shared with me privately regarding current and past clients who ‘ticked’ many of the boxes in terms of presenting symptomology is just one example of the benefit in researchers not just presenting the facts and figures, but providing a context and space for reflection, case review and analysis in a group context around a specific topic.
One of the main findings in the AIFS 2012 National Study was that participants wanted greater public awareness and understanding of their experiences, so that what they went through never happens again. From a researcher’s viewpoint, it is a privileged position to meet with strangers who are willing to share their often-harrowing life experiences in order to contribute to our knowledge base. Participants were willing to expose themselves to the understandably difficult task of disclosing very distressing and personal information if it meant that there was the chance that it would make a difference to the quality of support that was currently available to them and others.
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