by Lori Carangelo
There are striking similarities, and also differences, between the development and availability of adoption and assisted reproduction statistics. One similarity is the scarcity of reliable data, as often the data is by "selective definition" - intended to confuse rather than inform. One example of "selective definition" is Bill Clinton’s famous comment, "I did NOT have sexual relations with that woman," according to his own definition of "sexual relations."
In order to present adoption and assisted reproduction as "all good," the truth would have to be hidden in "lies, damned lies, and statistics," by those who profit from these industries. Any verifiable negative data not only challenges belief systems but also could affect established institutions’ financial interests. So this book not only cites statistics from the perspective of a wide variety of named government and private sector sources and but also explains the historical or background information on the subject for the convenience and better understanding of researchers, reform activists, journalists and other writers trying to sort through the confusion.
Browse the stats, consider the sources, follow the dollars, and judge for yourself. You have a right to know.
This book is currently being reviewed. The following is a Review of the Y-2000 edition of "Statistics of Adoption":
"Statistics of Adoption brings together a wealth of hard to find data about adoption and foster care in this country. I know of no other source which even comes close to the scope of 'Statistics'…"
-Gordon Brooks, Librarian III, Social Science Dept., Los Angeles Public Library
SEE "CHOSEN CHILDREN," a new Amazon-Kindle e-book, for the LARGEST, MOST CURRENT IN-DEPTH COMPILATION ON THIS SUBJECT, with SOURCES