The response to “Meet the Parents: The Dark Side of Overseas Adoption” has been overwhelming. People from all over the world have been writing in expressing their support for Nageshwar Rao and Sivagama and wishing for a positive ending. Several people have pledged money, and an adoption agency in New Mexico has offered to help with legal services. I saw Nageshwar Rao and Sivagama two days ago and they were very happy that the story had come out, but were still very sad that they have had no contact with the family in America. “We just want them to call,” he told me again.
In the next week I’m going to post an update on Mother Jones about the case and show how the adoption agency in Amercia has been invovled in several questionable adoptions here in Chennai. In 1999 an adoption agent in this city is said to have been involved in as many as 20 similar cases. These children are presumably all across America.
In the meanwhile, I’ve done two radio appearances that you might enjoy listening to.
The first, was on Here and Now, a nationally syndicated program across the United States that devoted a full half-hour to the topic.
The second, was a shorter (and unfortunately, less coherent) piece that aired on Free Speech Radio News.
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