经过 Patrick Armstrong adopted from South Korea to the USA, Adoptee Speaker, Podcaster, and Community Facilitator, Co-Host of the 展池秀, Co-Founder of Asian Adoptees of Indiana

Today the Supreme Court will hear the case of Haaland v. Brackeen.

What’s at stake?

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and potentially, other federal protections for Indigenous tribes.

Per the New York Times:

“The law was drafted to respond to more than a century of Native children’s being forcibly removed from tribal homes by social workers, sent to government and missionary boarding schools and then placed in white Christian homes.

The law’s goal of reunification — placing Native children with tribal families — has long been a gold standard, according to briefs signed by more than two dozen child welfare organizations.

Building a Native child’s connection to extended family, cultural heritage and community through tribal placement, they said, is inherent in the definition of “the best interests of the child” and a critical stabilizing factor when the child exits or ages out of foster care.”


The Brackeens are fighting this law because in 2015 they fostered, then adopted, a Navajo child and they, along with other families, believe it should be easier to adopt Indigenous children.

The defence posits that “the law discriminates against Native American children as well as non-Native families who want to adopt them because it determines placements based on race.” 🫠🫠🫠

☝🏼 It’s not lost on me that this case is being heard in November, which is both National Adoptee Awareness Month AND Native American Heritage Month.

✌🏼 This case is majorly indicative of the systemic issues oppressing Indigenous communities and invalidating adoptee experiences.

White folks who want to adopt need to understand this simple fact:


Especially a child of the global majority.

⭐️ Fostering or adopting us does not automatically make you a good person.

⭐️ Fostering or adopting us does not “save us” from anything.

⭐️ Believing you are entitled to adopt or foster anyone’s child is the definition of privilege.

If the Brackeens and their co-plaintiffs poured this much time, energy, and effort into supporting Indigenous families and communities as they have trying to overturn constitutional law, who knows how many families could have been preserved?

On that note, why are we not actively working to preserve families?

🧐 That’s the question this month: Why not family preservation?

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The Supreme Court will decide the future of the Indian Child Welfare Act

Jena Martin’s 文章 that looks at the differences and similarities between the ICWA and the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption


经过 玛丽亚弗雷德里克森 收养人和 艺术家 从韩国到瑞典。


今年我就五十岁了。在这 50 年的 7 年零 4 个月里,我从另一个角度看待收养问题,这与我最初 42 年的看法不同,这是我在 2022 年的头几个小时里思考的问题。

在批评收养时,您经常会听到有人反驳您指的是其他不同意您的批评观点的收养者。 “我有一个被收养的朋友,她非常高兴和感激”。嗯,所以?


多年来,我一直支持领养,我什至参加了领养机构为准领养父母和社会工作者举办的信息(宣传)会议。我从未被质疑过,也从未被要求出示其他科学来源的统计数据来支持我的主张。那时我被收养了,现在我也一样被收养了。然而,我当时的话从未受到质疑,而我今天所说的话总是受到审查,并且经常被视为感伤的 BS 而被驳回。与真正感伤的 BS 不同……