The New Republic has published an eye-opening report about the devastation that can result from cultural misunderstandings about adoption. In the Marshall Islands, giving a child to someone else to raise is common practice–but the birth parents maintain close relationships with the adoptive families, and children are returned to the original families when he or she comes of age. In the U.S., on the other hand, giving a child up for adoption means birth parents abdicate all rights as a parent. The piece tells the heartbreaking story of one Marshallese couple living in Arkansas who signed their baby over to an adoptive family without quite understanding what was going to happen.
Read the full story at The New Republic.