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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014



    I was very anxious to read The Child Catchers because so much has been in the media about child trafficking.  The PREFACE
    begins describing conversations with "Sharon". Much of the content is descriptive and the author's opinion, so I read the author’s
    statements as such.  As I continued reading the first chapter, NEW LIFE, however, I became suspicious- the author quoted a variety
     of individuals in positions of authority (Secretary Janet Napolitano, Bethany Christian Services, CNN, Haiti's prime minister,
    Jean-Max Bellerive, the Wall Street Journal, UNICEF, New Life Children's Refuge, the Southern Baptist Convention representatives
     the Human Science Research Council....on and on.  I wanted to refer to the exact sources of these people/organizations but not
    one was footnoted in detail....not one.  Sure, there is a NOTES section (pp. 293ff) but this section is merely an extended
    bibliography, i.e., not one page number or specific source location is given.   I wanted to read the exact detail of several sources
    to verify not only the quoted materials but also the context of the source, but without success.  NONE of the sources are detailed.  
     Most readers do not have time to read an entire source included in the (foot) notes, so that's why page numbers are used-- to get
    to the source quickly and efficiently.  (This is a research convention.)    If a reader cares about sources and detailed documentation
     then I conclude that the NOTES are useless and you may be very frustrated.   But, if your believe the author outright (just because
    she writes "it”) then you might enjoy the book.   Solid research gives the details.  This book does not.  In this sense, the author
    was inexcusably sloppy not including conventional notes.  Why did she make this choice?  So, the reader is left to conclude that
    you must believe her every quote or source, unless you have time to read the whole of each bibliographical source in the notes
    and/or bibliography.  There is no excuse for this especially from a seasoned journalist (didn't she learn about the importance of
    documenting here sources?)  It certainly draws suspicion about the content or the thrust of the book's position.  To this extent, I
    am VERY VERY disappointed reading this book, and if it survives to a second edition I hope the author will take the time to document
     properly each quote and source.  Then, I would look forward to reading it.
    Footnote: I am an adoptive father.  I am not an evangelical Xian or a believer of any faith. I don't have an agenda.  I just want to
    know what the sources are when I read “research.”

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