Well, the fall semester has come to a close. It’s been a very long time since my last post. I haven’t had time to think beyond school, and this has been one of the most difficult semesters I’ve experienced in all of my post-graduate work. There were some issues with my internship, and to make a long story short, I will not be returning. Suffice it to say that had I plenty of sleepless nights. I’m just grateful to be moving on and for one special person in the field office who reached out and got me through in the very end. I’m convinced there was an angel looking over my shoulder. In addition, I have a classmate who has also been a huge, huge support. Don’t know what I would have done without her! We often commiserate together on how we’ve arrived at a place unexpected and wonder if we’ve chosen the right path. Hopefully next semester, I’ll be placed in a new internship. A fresh start would be welcome. One more semester to go, and if all turns out as planned, I’ll graduate next May. Unfortunately, I may have to extend my thesis through summer because I just haven’t had the time to devote to it. Honestly, it’s the bright spot in my program, yet always gets pushed to the back burner because of all the other stuff. If I could just spend the entire next semester doing research, I’d be a happy camper. Alas, that would be way too easy.
So, I’ve been feeling a little disconnected from the goings on in international and transracial adoption of late. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to tell how things are going. I’ve kept up with a few other sites on adoption, like PEAR (Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform), Land of Gazillion Adoptees, and Adoption Truth and Transparency. Both PEAR and Adoption Truth and Transparency have Facebook pages that I follow, and both post some interesting articles. I read an article on The Guardian yesterday related to orphanages in Romania, Ceausescu’s Children, by Wendell Steavenson. Heartbreaking. If you have time to read it, I encourage you to do so – it’s a bit lengthy, but eye-opening. It describes the very practices in orphanages that must be brought to the light, regulated, and stopped. The article focuses on orphanages in Eastern Europe, which are notorious for violating human rights. Although things have changed and continue to do so in international adoption law, there is much more to do to ensure that children’s rights and needs are the priority. Really, adoption should be for the child and about the child. I’m planning to read another article, “Intercountry adoption: A paradigm shift for this country,” on my flight to Orange County. It was written by Patricia Fronek and Denise Cuthbert and published in the International Journal of Social Welfare in 2012. It should be an interesting read.
And then, it’ll be back to work on my research over the winter break. I hope to catch up on my timeline and get through all the initial coding on my interview transcriptions by early January. My research is focused on how international and transracial adoptees manage experiences of racism, discrimination, stereotyping, and prejudice. I’m truly inspired by those who I had the opportunity to interview. It’s an exciting project.
Wishing you all happy holidays and a very bright Christmas! Thanks for stopping by to visit beyond two worlds.