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    elwior, kyril, Joy of Fishes, crose, chimene

    we can talk abut the media narrative.

    the narrative you describe ie, the flawed  natural parent vs the  selfless, saintly parent, is at least 50 years old.  you encounter this little fantasy over and over and over again.  we have all heard about the addicted natural mother, the drunken natural father, the woman who throws the baby into the dumpster.  they run that play over and over and over again.  this time it's a greedy native american father who is the villain of the tale.

    but how often do you hear about the man who turned his adopted girl into an internet porn star, the adopted father who raped his little boys, the adopted parents who beat and starve their kids?  not that much.

    i am telling you, they have used this dynamic for so long, that it has become common wisdom, deeply entrenched in our minds.  problem is, lots of the time, it isn't true.  it's just what we expect to hear.  it's the same old line the industry has been peddling for.ever to justify destroying a natural family so they can place  the child...for a handsome fee, of course.

    let me encourage you to read about terry achane, if you are not already aware of his case.  he just prevailed and got his daughter back , and in utah, no less.  the saintly adoptors held on to that baby for 20 months, despite knowing that terry had not consented ( terry is a drill sargent who was on active duty in south carolina when his  newly divorced wife placed their baby without his knowledge or consent)

    domestic media barely said a word about it.  you know who covered this story?  the Daily Mail.

    for most of this case, domestic media said very little.  finally, when they case was finally settled for once and for all

    the salt lake tribune ran a story

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