Color-blind Individualism, Intercountry Adoption and Public Policy

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Vol: 34, Issue: 2

Publication Year:
2007
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Repository URL:
https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol34/iss2/5
Author(s):
Quiroz, Pamela Anne
Tags:
Color-blind; adoption; racism; transracial; intercountry; Race and Ethnicity; Social Welfare; Social Work
article description
A prevailing ideology of color-blindness has resulted in privatizing the discourse on adoption. Color-blind individualism, the adoption arena's version of color-blind discourse, argues that race should not matter in adoption; racism can be eradicated through transracial adoption; and individual rights should be exercised without interference of the state. As privatization has increasingly dominated our world and disparities between countries have grown, so too has intercountry adoption. This paper examines the colonial aspects of intercountry adoption and implications for conceptualizing global human rights from our current emphasis on individual rights, as the real issue continues to be which children are desired by which parents.