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The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption

Kathryn Joyce, The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption PublicAffairs, 2013  Kathryn Joyce’s The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption is in many ways a sensationalist and inflammatory book. Even its promotional blurbs on the back dust jacket pitch it in this way, with one calling it […]

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Voluntourism, Really?

From Kathryn Joyce’s The Child Catchers (full review to come), there is this brief statement about what is sometimes called “voluntourism“: “Voluntourism” has been criticized in recent years for doing more harm than good. A 2010 report by the Human Sciences Research Council on AIDS orphan tourism in Southern Africa found that global trends of voluntourism […]

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John Piper on Adoption

In response to the release of The Child Catchers, John Piper has posted 10 Disavowals and Affirmations on Christian adoption. These are all very good, and they ought to be seen as not so much an “answer” to criticisms as a helpful response and perhaps even reception of some of the sounder points of critique. While […]