Bethany Christian Services blog entries

Adoption movement or "orphan" marketing ploy?

This week, Goldman Sachs reported an 82% drop in earnings, while at the same time Bethany Christian Services reported a 66% increase in the number of inter-country adoptions performed. Both organizations are doing god's work in their own special way, yet Bethany Christian Services seems to have outscored the finance behemoth in success rate this year.

Not only Bethany Christian Services was in a gleeful mood, according to an article in Christianity Today, both Nightlight Christian Adoption and Buckner International were being content with the results booked this year as well.

Onward Christian Soldiers!


Don't know how many read this little blurb, found in Christianity but it seems Orphans on Deck was written to help recruit new business:

Teen Mom

my heart goes out to the kids who gave their child away like that on the MTV show...  I have no idea why she is on the Teen Mom show because in a lot of ways she is not a mom now...  it just once again goes to show how messed up the system is... 

Bethany Christian Services recipient of the Demons of Adoption Awards 2009

Every year the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) presents the annual Angels in Adoption AwardsTM, an award for those, who according to CCAI, made a contribution to the promotion of adoption of children from the American foster care system and other "orphans" world wide.

While presenting adoption as nothing but a good cause, CCAI is in effect one of the few industry lobbying groups in Washington that actually consists of active members of congress. It is a well known practice that politicians, after leaving office, join lobbying firms to further the interests of particular industries. CCAI is exceptional in that it looks out for the interests of an industry, while its members are still being in office.

The Religious Right and adoption

Over the years much has been written about the Religious Right, but mainstream media have often overlooked the adoption angle when describing the workings of this section of American society.

Ever since the late 1970's the so-called Religious Right has managed to gain an enormous influence in American politics and that influence can hardly be overstated. While consisting of many different organizations, the movement is very homogeneous in its goal and very little dissent exists among its members. That is mainly so, because the Religious Right is the works of a relative small group of highly influential and highly affluent individuals that make up the boards of these various organizations.

The agenda of the Religious Right can be summarized in three main goals:

  • Eliminate the public sector and break down the separation between church and state


So much for conflict of interest...

The US intends to ratify the Hague Convention beginning 2008. To this end they have designated two organisations as accreditors: one of them is the *Council on Accreditation*, in which  Thomas Atwood (President National Council for Adoption and former Board Member of Bethany Christian Services) and Beverly Grant (Director Bethany Christian Services) are members of the Board.

The acceditation process will be done on the basis of PEER reviews.

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