The demise of the Joint Council on International Children's Services, the end of an era
Back in 2009, this website leaked an internal proposal of the Joint Council on International Children's Services (JCICS), detailing their dismal financial status and the credibility problems the organization was facing.
JCICS wasn't pleased we leaked their proposal and contacted us with a request for removal, which we understandably didn't honor. Instead we wrote a more thorough analysis of said document.
The financial situation JCICS faced back in 2009 was apparently not as dire as it seemed at the time, since the organization stayed afloat for at least another six years.
The credibility issue JCICS faced, they never overcame. Even though the organization was well aware how they were perceived and how true that perception was, they couldn't change who they were.
In a moment of clarity, the authors of the proposal wrote:
Joint Council is seen by many public policy makers, the press, NGOs and the public as:
- Serving the self-interest of Adoption Service Providers
- Not having Adoption Service Providers of the highest quality, ethics or standards
- Having an inherent conflict of interest
- Protecting individual Adoption Service Providers
- A trade organization, rather than an objective advocate
We couldn't have said it better, and our readers agreed with this observation, awarding JCICS in 2010 with the Annual Demons of Adopton Award.
Over the years, JCICS doubled down their efforts to remain relevant. In 2009, by co-authoring the Families for Orphans Act, which failed in congress, and later in 2013 by proposing The Children In Families First Act, which isn't going anywhere either.
With all these failures, credibility problems and financial issues, it is therefore no surprise that JCICS this week sent out the following email.
The end of JCICS comes as no surprise. Inter-country adoption has been in decline for over a decade and there is no reason to expect a revival any time soon. In a sense we are facing the end of an era.
During the time frame in which JCICS was active, we've seen horrible adoption practices. There were rampant child trafficking issues from Romania, Guatemala and Ethiopia. There was abysmal screening of adoptive parents leading to dozens of horrible abuse cases of internationally adopted children. There have been uncountable cases of re-homing of internationally adopted children over the years, and In none of that JCICS did a thing to make things better.
The only focus JCICS had over the years was try to increase the number of international adoptions, and in that they completely failed. In that light, we don't rejoice the demise of JCICS. An organization so good at failing to achieve what we oppose, is actually worth having around.
So it's with a mild sense of melancholy that we take notice of the end of our impotent nemesis, this week.
An end of an era has truly been reached. The most serious issues in Adoptionland are no longer necessarily related to inter-country adoption anymore. Most of the cases of abuse in adoptive families in the last few years have been related to foster care adoption. Re-homing no longer exclusively applies to Russian children, but applies these days to American born children as well.
This needed shift in focus was something we already were aware of, but the end of JCICS is a good reminder that we indeed live in a different era where domestic adoption issues play a larger role than international ones.