When Genealogy Matters: Intercountry Adoption, International Human Rights, and Global Neoliberalism




“Those who believe in children’s human rights need to promote children’s basic human right to be liberated from the conditions under which they live in orphanages or on the street and to grow up with parents who can provide the loving nurturing that is essential for human flourishing.” — Elizabeth Bartholet

“In short, there is a struggle for the soul of the human rights movement, and it is being waged in large part through the proxy of genealogy.” — Philip Alston

“[A]doption, while a practice that affects a small and shrinking number of people, has been important to national and international politics out of all proportion to its numerical significance.”

–Laura Briggs

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