Claud’s November 29 blog expose of the National Council for Adoption, the perfectly titled Mothers, Money, Marketers, and Madness is a very important piece of writing that everyone involved in adoption reform should read, save, and act on. It is all fact, taken from the public record, NCFA’s own website and publications and the words of NCFA’s friends. As the World War 2 slogan goes: Loose ships sink ships.

No commentary is needed. Go to Musings of the Lame, and read the whole thing.

Here is the conclusion:

It actually has to be expected. The bottom line is that the National Council for Adoption wants mothers to be separated from their children. Their very existence was conceived to make family separation seem like a good idea and teach others in the field the same positive view. The NCFA does this to protect their members’ interests. Their members are adoption agencies. Adoption agencies make billions of dollars in profits from family separation. They need babies to continue business.

Millions of dollars given and spent to convince the public and mothers that giving your baby away is a good thing. And for what reason?

Follow the money. Babies are the products to be sold and then be grateful. Mothers are a market to be exploited in the guise of redemption for a false sin of sex and fertility. Hopeful adoptive parents are the clients willing to shell out thousands to make their dreams come true. Agencies are the brokers, trading products to the next highest bidders and the National Council for Adoption paints the public picture of the whole thing, blows smoke, and tells everyone how good it all feels.

2008 has the potential to be a critical year for adoption reform and adoptee rights. Several states are gearing up for records access, the protest in New Orleans, the media hype over the Donaldson report. And now Claud has fired a direct hit on the oligargists.

Brava, Claud!


  1. Claud’s piece is a wonderful work, nice combination of fact and opinion in a calm and levelheaded tone that makes it easy to read and take in. It should be widely distributed and used to show what NCFA really is; not a beneficent impartial adoption advocate as they like to present themselves to the public. but a group that now has deep ties to the Religious Right and an agenda counter to what most people see as fair and just.

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