American families have been adopting from around the globe for decades – often with the intention of giving orphans a better life. But increasingly, international adoption has become a demand-driven industry rather than a supply-driven one, with babies being sourced by unsrupulous agents seeking to make a profit by any means necessary. In this episode of Fault Lines, we travel to Uganda, to tell the story of three mothers whose children were adopted without their consent. We investigate the entire supply chain – from remote villages in Uganda to the US embassy in Kampala to the adoption agents in America turning a blind eye to exploitation and fraud. We focus on US adoption agencies and the people they pay in Uganda – holding them accountable for at best, negligence. And ultimately we as who’s responsible, and what can be done to stop it – revealing how the State Department’s failure to adequately monitor international adoptions is tearing Ugandan families apart to complete American ones.

In English

2018

By AL JAZEERA MEDIA NETWORK

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