Adoptee activism: I am not your “child for all purposes”.

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Blake, Denise
Ahuriri-Driscoll, Annabel
Sumner , Barbara

In this article, we, three adoptee scholars, share collectively our experiences of adoption while engaging in activism that contests adoption practices. We apply autoethnographic and re!exive strategies to unpack our shared conversation in order to foreground the plight of adoptees and o"er insight into adoption and the importance of the current law reform in Aotearoa New Zealand. We draw on a model of adoptee consciousness to frame the complexity of our ‘lived experience’ and activism. In doing this we outline some of the challenges we face as adoptees because adoption, as a human-rights injustice, is largely misunderstood, overlooked, or ignored. To begin, however, it is necessary to outline the history of closed stranger adoption in Aotearoa New Zealand with the purpose of providing context.

Blake D, Ahuriri-Driscoll A, Sumner B (2022). Adoptee activism: I am not your “child for all purposes”.. Counterfutures.
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48 - Law and legal studies::4804 - Law in context::480402 - Family law
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